100+ Sage Grouse at Crowley Lek - March 21

From: Chris Howard
Date: 3/21/99
Time: 4:40:56 PM
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Many thanks to Larry Blakely for providing perfect directions to a really successful lek (see E.S. Birding Hot Spots). I arrived the gate to the lek at about 5:45 (45 min drive from Bishop) and was in awe as I saw how many grouse were out in the meadow - strutting there stuff. I counted 114 birds, approx. 75% male. The females seemed to lose interest quickly after sunrise and left. Soon, the males disbanded following the females up into the sagebrush. Note: Dress warmly and bring a scope.