Our last day of the 'Colorado Chicken Run' saw us up early at 04.10 to get the lek of our last target species the Greater Sage Grouse. As the sun slowly came up we were treated to another fabulous show, this time 42 grouse strutted around and displayed just twenty metres from our parked minibuses. Totally unconcerned by our presence it was a fantastic finale to our trip and completed all the target 'chickens' i.e Lesser Prairie Chicken, Greater Prairie Chicken, White-tailed Ptarmigan, Dusky Grouse, Sharp-tailed Grouse, Gunnison Sage Grouse and Greater Sage Grouse.
Displaying Greater Sage Grouse.
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After a late breakfast we started to make our way back towards Denver. Along the way we stopped in Cameron Pass where it began to snow and at a visitor centre we enjoyed close views of Brown-capped Rosy Finches, Cassin's Finches, Fox Sparrow, and Brewer's Sparrow. We then continued over the pass driving through several inches of snow that had all but covered the roads completely. On the other side we were delighted to see 4 Big-horned Sheep on a close hillside.
Male Cassin's Finch
Big Horn Sheep in a snow storm. Not the best photo but at least we
A wonderful was now over and everyone had had a great time!