Friday, 10 April 2015

Day 4 - Great er !

Up very early this morning to be in position in the Prairie an hour before dawn. It wasn't long to wait before strange shapes appeared in the dark and a cacophony of hoots, booms and chattering filled the air. Here we were as the sun rose watching 32 Greater Prairie Chickens strutting their stuff. A truly amazing experience and from our stationary vehicles the birds approached and danced just 10 - 20ft away. One male even flew up onto the roof of our van at least 10 times. With 3 Burrowing Owls and a Coyote also present it was a fabulous few hours.
 
 
 
 
 
This was the unimpressed female!
 
Moving on we headed for the Pawnee Grasslands seeing a nice Rough-legged Hawk along the way.
One here we searched several areas where we firstly enjoyed super views of about 10 Chestnut-collared Longspurs and then in another area of shorter grass we had 19 McCowan's Longspurs.
 
 
It was then time to leave and head towards the Rocky Mountains.
 
 Click the link below to watch Gina's video of the Greater Prairie Chicken

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdfQTFVXdO4

 
 

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