LEK AC­TION

Bird Watching (UK) - - Bird The World -

A male Greater Prairie Chicken puts on its best dis­play re­serves have been dis­cov­ered in a num­ber of ar­eas close to where it lives, and so its fu­ture is look­ing bleak. About 10 miles east of Gun­ni­son, I ar­rived at a layby in com­plete dark­ness to be in po­si­tion in time to watch the birds dis­play­ing. So this time my car was the hide and a tele­scope was es­sen­tial to see any­thing. It was some time be­fore I spot­ted sev­eral males puff­ing up their chests and shak­ing their heads back and forth in their dis­play to sev­eral fe­males. The birds are re­liant on sage­brush steppe. The lekking sea­son runs for a longer pe­riod, from March to May. Head­ing fur­ther west, my next des­ti­na­tion was out­stand­ingly beau­ti­ful – the Black Canyon of the Gun­ni­son Na­tional Park. Bas­ing my­self at the town of Mon­trose I was able to visit this Na­tional Park twice, and un­doubt­edly it is worth giv­ing your­self ex­tra time to en­joy the scenery and the birds.

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