Getting up at 5:00 in the morning and hiking in the dark to a cold cramped blind is not most peoples idea of a good time. And I must admit it seems a bit crazy to me at times as well – I would much rather be sleeping in. But I wish everyone could experience the feeling of sitting there in the dark and suddenly being surrounded by the wild sounds of stomping, hooting, chuckling Sharp-tailed Grouse. This morning the lek I was on was a good one. As many as 31 males and 10 females were present and the activity of the displaying males was frantic and concentrated in a very small area unlike other grouse species.
Tomorrow I’m heading for my final destination before returning to New York. I’ll be visiting a large Greater Sage-Grouse lek near Lander, Wyoming.
Tags: Sharp-tailed Grouse