March 6, 2005

Temperatures were a mild 40 degrees when I arrived at the lek at about 6:20 a.m. (yesterday's temperature was an unbelievable 68 degrees). It was calm. I didn't hear any sharptail grouse, but knew they were out there as evidenced by looking at the lek the previous evening. They did show up - about 10 minutes later. Then, it was a matter of being patient for sunrise so that I would have adequate light to take photographs. During that time, I heard some coyotes howling, and also some nearby pheasants. Right about sunrise, the winds came up suddenly (the area was in a high wind warning for the day). During the viewing time, I saw about 25-30 males (I believe that the females usually start visiting the lek in late March). There was a lot of activity - but would have been busier had some females been there. I left the lek about 8:20 a.m. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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