WC didn’t post yesterday because he was chasing birds again. This time, Greater Sage Grouse. WC has the location of a very good lek, but it isn’t always possible to get to it. This year, the road was open – for a given definition of “open” – and access to the lek was possible, Yesterday morning, after spending the night sleeping in his truck, WC found about 65 birds, mostly strutting males but a few females looking the studs over.
WC will have a longer post on Sage Grouse later. But here’s a bonus bird, and part of the reason Greater Sage Grouse dance on their leks very early in the morning.
Once the air warms up a little, raptors, including Golden Eagles, are out looking for breakfast. A Sage Grouse is a little big as a prey item for a Rough-legged, but eagles, peregrines and larger hawks might find them tasty.