Birding at Oxbow Bend in Grand Teton National Park

Updated: Jun 19, 2020

Grand Teton is underappreciated when compared to its sibling, Yellowstone National Park. Birding in Grand Teton is a real treat!

Each week I pick random birding hotspots from around the state of Wyoming, and I provide you some insights on visiting the location! This week is Oxbow Bend in Grand Teton National Park. Grand Teton NP will have multiple hotspots (as will Yellowstone), so keep checking back for updates! Use the links provided below to find the optimal time of year for each species. To see previous locations we have highlighted for birding in Wyoming, click here.

Hotspot Name: Oxbow Bend (GTNP)

Location: Jackson, WY

Managing Organization: National Park Service

Facilities: There are no facilities at this location, however there are many others nearby. Check the link to GTNP above for more information.

Fees: $35/7 days


Ebird Hotspot:

When to Bird: Spring | Summer | Fall

Number of Potential Species: 150+

Notable Birds: Trumpeter Swan, American Wigeon, Ring-necked Duck, Lesser Scaup, Western Grebe, Clark's Grebe, Rufous Hummingbird, Calliope Hummingbird, Virginia Rail, Sora, Sandhill Crane, Wilson's Snipe, Spotted Sandpiper, California Gull, American White Pelican, Osprey, Bald Eagle, Belted Kingfisher, Red-naped Sapsucker, Willow Flycatcher, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Dark-eyed Junco, White-crowned Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, MacGillivray's Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, Western Tanager, Lazuli Bunting

Other Wildlife: Columbia Spotted Frog, Boreal Chorus Frog, River Otter, Grizzly Bear, Moose

Description: For birding, Grand Teton National Park is, well, grand. Oxbow Bend is no exception! This is a great stop for some quick birding, so make sure to look and listen for a few moments while stretching your legs. Arrive early in the morning for optimal viewing of wildlife (and because most tourists are not awake). Listen for Willow Flycatcher in appropriate habitat, and watch for "swanlings" during nesting season. Some people call them cignets (baby swans), but we are pushing to change the name to something more adorable! Floating this area in a kayak is the ideal way to experience the oxbow. You can rent boats at various nearby locations.

Now, I will not guarantee this next statement, but you will want to give heed. Heed me? Just do some heeding on this next sentence. Great Gray Owl is a POSSIBILITY here. Hang around as the sun begins to sink, and watch the wetland edge (especially where it meets coniferous areas). We do not share nesting sites for most owl species here at Flocking Around, so you will have to find those the old fashioned way!

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