Taking advantage of seasonal abundance

Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks are home to some pretty amazing species of birds. None, however, is more colorful than the Western Tanager.  These birds nest along the Moose-Wilson Road and are often seen perched in the roadside Choke Cherry trees. The native peoples of this area believed that this bird had the ability to start forest fires and was to be both feared and respected. These birds are only in the Tetons for a very short while. They are one of the last migrant birds to arrive and first to leave, taking full advantage of our 3 month wild berry and insect bonanza.  Today we had some very intimate looks at a caring father taking a break from berry picking to feed a few insects to its fledgling.  We didn't even have to leave the van or put on a bigger lens to capture great photos of this feeding.