Hiked into Black Wolf and Cottonwood Meadows on a sunny August day. Best birding was early morning at Black Wolf. The hike down to Anvil Lake and an unsuccessful attempt at Dinger Lake (too much of a scramble for the dog) yielded a few of the expected montane birds. On the return trip back through Black Wolf there was a trio of Lewis’ Woodpeckers, a first for the ecoregion. By mid-day at Cottonwood most birds had hunkered down against the heat. A couple of Common Nighthawks cruised overhead.
The alternate naming of species reflects differing common names.