Saturday, March 31, 2012

Grouse Trip Day 5 Yuma to Nebraska

Instead of waiting a week for a bird trips to finish and getting reports, I will transcribe telephone reports of current bird trips. Amy Davenport

March 28, 2012

Grouse Trip Day Five, the group started at the Yuma County Road 45 Greater Prairie-Chicken Lek. At least a dozen male Greater Prairie-Chickens were found.

The rest of the morning, they searched for the Snowy Owl reported twice in the past week west of Highway 385 and south of Yuma County Road 45. Note: the Snowy Owl was reported two additional days, 3/23 and 3/26. The Snowy Owl continued to move west and south.

A pair of Northern Cardinals and a Harris's Sparrow was seen at a friend's yard in Wray, Yuma County.

Then they headed to North Platte, Nebraska to search for a "mythical lek" where Greater Prairie-Chickens and the Plains Sharp-tailed Grouse can be seen from the same parking lot.

Eventually they found the site. However Sharp-tailed Grouse had not been seen at the site in 3 years.

Local folks told of a Sharp-tailed Grouse Lek on private land and the CoBus group planned for an early visit the next day.

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