Greater Sage-Grouse

Linda and I left Gunnison around 8:30 AM and headed north through the Rockies to North Park. It was a long drive over three passes, but passed thru some magnificent scenery. We arrived at 1:30 PM and decided to stay in Walden for the night. Walden isn’t too much to brag about, but the location is nice with the Park Range west of the park and the Never-Summer-Range to the east.  Linda was tired of the driving so she bowed out and relaxed in the room. I set out to find Greater Sage-Grouse.  Now Davis and I used to lead trips for Sage-Grouse up in North Park and had never failed to find them in June or July along CR 25, but I decided to begin near Lake John, west of Walden.  I had intel from Judy Wright that she had seen them twice earlier in the summer on CR 7A into Lake John.  I didn’t locate any there and decided to return to Walden then try my favorite spot.

But that wouldn’t be necessary.  On the way back five females crossed the road.

Greater Sage-Grouse in North Park (Photo by John Vanderpoel)

Same bird (Photo by John Vanderpoel)

So now I’m down to basically two species I could get in my home state of  Colorado – Cassin’s Vireo and Long-eared Owl.  Tomorrow, I hope to outline the remaining  expected birds for the year and my plans to find them.

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