SAGE GROUSE, and then there were none


A few weeks ago a pair of Sage Grouse came walking down our driveway and fairly close to the house. Forty years ago there were fifteen Sage Grouse somewhere around every day but, each year, there were fewer until there were none. So I was pleased to see this pair but disappointed to see that there were no young ones with them. That has become typical since predators such as Fox, Coyotes, Eagles and especially Ravens have been getting the eggs and the young ones. When I had watched for a few minutes, some smaller ones started coming in from a different direction and I was getting excited about the Sage Grouse having young ones after all, until I realized that the smaller ones were Sharp-tailed Grouse.  Then I was entertained by the Sage Grouse being curious about the Sharp-tails and  moving closer to them. This made the Sharp-tails nervous and they would sidle away. This happened several times until the Sharp-tails went under the pole fence and came into the yard. I counted seventeen of them. Next, eleven of the Sharp-tails flew up onto our stone wall to observe the Sage Grouse from that advantage point. I got a pretty good picture of them on the wall and the next day I got a picture of one of the Sage Grouse on the pole fence. There were a few anxious days when only one Sage Grouse showed up but, eventually, there were two again so I am holding onto hope for their survival and the possibility of young ones next year.  Life is interesting when you live in the country.

Sage Grouse on our yard fence. 2015

Sage Grouse on our yard fence.  August 2015

Sharp-tailed Grouse August 2015

Sharp-tailed Grouse August 2015

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About authorjim

I grew up in the country near a small Montana town, I have spent a lot of time in the outdoors, working, fishing, hunting and camping but have always been interested in mechanical and electrical things. Most of my life has been spent in the use, care and repair of things mechanical, electrical an electronic. After being retired for several years, I began writing and published my first novel at the age of 79. Now, at the age of 82, I have recently published my fourth noveland it is available from me or from the pulisher or book distributor.
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One Response to SAGE GROUSE, and then there were none

  1. Good one, Jim. Great photos.

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