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Old Friday 7th December 2012, 16:37   #1
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Smile Colorado Grousing!

Hi All

I wonder if anyone can help me? I'm planning to be in Colorado in early April 2013 to search for Grouse. Does anyone know the current situation for viewing Gunnison, Greater Sage, Sharp Tailed and particularly Lesser Prairie Chicken? I have seen Greater PC in the past but would love to see them again if anyone can advise of current sites.

Are there any Lesser Prairie Chicken viewing areas open in CO or would I be better off dashing across to Kansas?

I have birded CO in summertime and am looking forward to a spring trip, any advice would be very much apreciated.

Many thanks and good birding one and all!

Malcolm
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Old Friday 21st December 2012, 16:39   #2
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The Gunnison Sage Grouse lek viewing just east of Gunnison typically opens April 1st. The weather can still be pretty iffy in Gunnison that early. Here is a link to the viewing website:

http://www.siskadee.org/view.htm

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Old Saturday 29th December 2012, 16:25   #3
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Here is a wealth of Colorado Lek info:

http://coloradobirdingsociety.net16.net/grouse.htm

We've had mixed luck at leks. O for three, to be precise. Apparently the twenty-mile road lek for Sharp-tailed is reliable, but we swung and missed there last year. On the other hand, the Waunita lek was a slam dunk for Gunnison Sage.

Good luck!
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