Last Thursday, birding started bright and early at 3:45 in the morning — it was the annual field trip to Camp Wainwright to see the Sharp-tailed Grouse dance. This was the fifth year I’ve watched the Sharp-tailed Grouse on their lek at the base. Even though the morning starts very early, it’s one of my favourite birding events.
Our group counted nine displaying males this year, and one female — down from last year’s count of 15 males and no females.
Here’s my blog post from last year.
The view from inside the blind,
A lone female grouse came to the lek. The females can be distinguished from the males by their lack of both the yellow eye-combs and the purple air sack on the neck,
Two grouse landed on one of the blinds and even danced there,
It was difficult to photograph the birds as they moved between sunny and shady spots very quickly,
I’m pretty happy with my photos this year between the better weather and knowing my camera a little more.