Sunday, April 7, 2013

Grouse Trip, Gunnison County and Elkhart, Kansas

Rebecca Kosten: telephone message transcribed.

April 6, 2013

The Stevens party continued their grouse trip at the Waunita Hot Springs Lek in Gunnison County.  Approximately twenty-two Gunnison Sage-Grouse were counted.

The rest of their day was used in a plan to drive to Elkhart, Kansas for Lesser Prairie-Chicken viewing at sunset (400 miles) and then on to Wray, Colorado (300 miles) for Greater Prairie-Chicken viewing tomorrow.

Richard reports a wonderful walk the hour before sunset along the entrance road to the 731a lek.

He saw an Eastern Phoebe, Say's Phoebe, two Rock Wrens, four Sage Thrashers between the blind and the 731a oil tank.

He then walked southeast to the windmill and discovered a Prairie Dog town with sixteen Burrowing Owls.  A Lesser Prairie-Chicken was encountered just south of the town.

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