Saturday, April 28, 2018

This morning was 30 degrees, calm, and about 15% cloud coverage. Volunteers observed the first 2 grouse on the east ridge at 5:53 am.They also observed 7 males in the north meadow. Cows (about 50) were out grazing in the north meadow and the volunteers saw an additional 5 grouse (unknown gender) fly away as the cows got closer. At 6:30 am, the volunteers saw all 12 grouse flush (including the previous 5). On the east ridge 7 males were observed at 6:34 am and 1 female.This morning volunteers saw a total of 20 sage-grouse!

Friday, April 27, 2018

This morning was 27 degrees with clear skies. The first sage-grouse was spotted on the east ridge at 5:35 am, it was still very dark at this time, but we were able to see him walking around! We later saw one male in the north meadow at 5:52 am. At 5:45 am, we saw 5 on the east ridge (3 males and 2 unknowns, it was still dark)! Later, we counted 7 males and 2 females on the east ridge. This morning we saw a total of 8 males (7 on the east ridge and 1 in the north meadow) and 2 females. Between 6:57 and 7:03 all the birds flushed.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

This morning was a clear morning at 19 degrees. The first of the sage grouse were observed at 6:08 am on the east ridge. This morning a total of 11 males were observed on the east ridge and 1 female on the east ridge. No birds were observed in the north meadow or the main lek.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Sunday, April 22 (Earth Day!), we saw 5 males on the east ridge as well as two males that looked like females (they still had the white chest)! It was a beautiful and clear morning and many people came out to view the sage-grouse!

Today, volunteers observed 2 males and 2 females. It was another beautiful and clear morning! Coyotes were heard howling early in the morning again, but they did not seem to affect the grouse.

Tomorrow and Wednesday are both no viewing days, the site will be completely closed on these days, but will be open on Thursday!