I made my annual trek to Paradise this morning. I started bright and early at 6am long before the masses arrive. The trail was entirely snow covered until I got up to where the Golden Gate trail runs into the Skyline Trail. About 400yds up from this intersection I found 2 White-tailed Ptarmigan right next to the (snowfree) trail. Of course on the wrong side of the trail (the pix are all backlit), but you can’t beat getting that close. The fact that they didn’t have young and this wasn’t a nest site may mean that they won’t be breeding this year.