Yesterday we went in 25 out of the 90 miles into the park and just got an idea of how the bus system works and get an idea on where to hike. We were fortunate to be able to meet Alan, the park's bird expert. I told him some of my target birds like Lapland Longspur, Rock Ptarmigan, and White-tailed Ptarmigan and he said the hike to do was Stony Dome. For Long-tailed Jeager he said Sable Pass. We did Sable Pass yesterday but no jeager, there was a nice Golden Eagle there though but not a year bird.
Today my dad and I hiked Stony Dome but it was too steep that we couldn't make it to the summit. We made it about half way up and on that part of it we got terrific looks at one of my target life birds for the hike - Rock Ptarmigan. We saw lots of awesome wildlife in Denali today - caribou with babies, grizzly bears (10), moose (bull and cow with calf), red foxes, dall sheep, and more. This evening while hiking on this property I came across one of my most wanted life birds - the Pine Grosbeak.