May 30, 2005

When hiking on the prairie, surprises can happen - like today when I startled a sharptail grouse that was nesting on a hillside. The grouse waited until I was within a foot of its nest until it got up and flew away - and startled me. I quickly counted 14 eggs and moved on. By the way, this is the first time that I have come across a sharptail grouse nest. They do a good job of camouflaging them.

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