Saturday, May 21, 2016

May 10, 2016

High Male Count: 13

High Female Count: 0

High Unknown Count: 0

Gray-blue Gnatcatcher in willows next to viewing trailer. Spring peepers heard along Hot Springs Creek.

May 10 was the last day monitored by volunteers. Thank you all visitors for following protocols and respecting the unique Gunnison Sage-grouse.

Monday, May 9, 2016

May 9, 2016

High Male Count: 5

High Female Count: 0

High Unknown Count: 0

Meadow Larks chasing each other.

Sage Thrasher sing loudly all morning.

Spring Peepers herd early morning.

Rainy, foggy weather with little displaying, mostly males passing through areas.

Tomorrow is a closed viewing day and the last day western students will be monitoring the viewing area for the season. Closed roads will open May 15.

May 8, 2016

High Male Count: 25

High Female Count: 0

High Unknown Count: 0

Lots of male aggression and fighting with no females observable. Males moved in groups from one North Meadow to East Ridge.

Great Blue Heron flying along Hot Springs Creek.


May 7, 2016

High Male Count: 17

High Female Count: 0

High Unknown Count: 0

Chipping Sparrow and Say's Phoebe. All grouse gone or not visible by 6:30 am.

May 6, 2016

From Viewing Area:

High Male Count: 13

High Female Count: 7

High Unknown Count: 17

From East side of East Ridge:

High Male Count: 21 visible at one time out of 3 groups of 10 or more.

High Female Count: 0

High Unknown Count: 0

Displaying and fighting early on, then lots of feeding and walking around later in morning.






May 5, 2016

High Male Count: 21

High Female Count: 2

High Unknown Count: 0

Vesper Sparrow, Sage Thrasher, and Wilson's Snipe singing and displaying.


Wednesday, May 4, 2016

May 4, 2016

High Male Count: 23

High Female Count: 1

High Unknown Count: 0

Lots of displaying and facing off between male grouse. The last snow storm may have killed some eggs, triggering a second round of male displaying and mating attempts by females.

Mountain Bluebirds and Green-tailed Towhee singing early morning.

Red-tailed Hawk on fence post watching North Meadow.