The Chicken Run!

A big thanks to Jeffrey Gordon, President of the American Birding Association who carried Athena our Wandering Ultravid this past week throughout Colorado in search of the fabled Gallinaceous birds that breed in the state. While still snowy at times, at this time of year these birds are doing their amazing displays on their leks, large communal “dancing grounds” where the males perform elaborate dances to attract their mates. Along with his wife, Liz (also with the ABA) and a few friends they saw SIX different species of local “chickens”.

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The composite image above (courtesy of Jeff Gordon) shows highlights from their HIGHLY successful run (from left to right): White-tailed Ptarmigan, Greater Sage-Grouse, Sharp-tailed Grouse, Dusky Grouse, Gunnison Sage-Grouse, & Greater Prairie-Chicken. It looks like it was an amazing adventure, we can’t wait to hear more about this incredible trip!

Hopefully we will have time to catch up with Jeff at the upcoming ABA Convention in Corpus Christi, Texas next week and hear more about it first hand. The convention should be every bit as amazing too. The last time they held an event here it had the highest cumulative list of ANY past ABA convention! Highlights included Whooping Cranes and a single field that held nearly 1,000 Buff-breasted Sandpipers!!!! Have you made your reservation yet? :)