Willow Ptarmigan Races Across the Road
Willow Ptarmigan (Lagopus lagopus) races across the road in Denali National Park. We saw several groups of these birds hanging out along the side of the road - in about the same spots at the same times of day - every day in Denali. When a bus or car approached the Ptarmigan would bolt across the road one by one. They'd wait there for a while before doing the same thing on a return trip back across the road. For such a plump bird they are surprisingly fast. Must be those HUGE feet!