Sunday, June 2, 2013

Looking For "Late Dates" for Grouse

June 1, 2013

Amy Davenport: transcript of telephone call:

Richard Stevens and Rebecca Kosten parked at the 80 Route Leks at sunrise.  Seven Sharp-tailed Grouse came to the lek.  They stood in a circle watching in every direction.  They did not dance or run around.

The Dusky Grouse did not show up at his “lek” this morning.  Greater Sage Grouse have not been seen on their 80 Route Leks for several weeks now.

Next, they drove the auto loop at the Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge.  Several Willets walked around the ponds.  Sage Thrashers, Brewer’s Sparrows, Vesper Sparrows, Song Sparrows and Horned Larks were also seen.

Richard and Rebecca ran into an Ohio birder, Rick Andersen.  He mentioned a Rose-breasted Grosbeak at the KOA Campgrounds at the entrance to the Colorado State Forest.  They relocated the Grosbeak and several Broad-tailed Hummingbirds.

The Colorado State Forest feeders had a few Broad-tailed Hummingbirds, nothing uncommon.

At dusk, Richard and Rebecca parked at the County Road 26 leks.  After it was almost too dark to see, six Greater Sage-Grouse walked onto the lek.  These birds did briefly display.  Richard postulated that they were young males practicing displays for future springs?

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