June 7th and still waiting for signs of the chukar hatch. Me and the boys are still enjoying hikes in the mountains. It’s getting warmer and dryer each day and the hikes are getting shorter. My back isn’t quite ready for the steep chukar hills but we’re getting on the less steep ones. We haven’t seen any sign of chukars or huns on our last few trips which I believe is good. Birds sit very tight on their nest when they are incubating eggs and leave very little scent. Pretty soon we might find a bird faking injury to draw the dogs attention away from babies on the ground. When we find that we quickly vacate the area. We haven’t seen any groups of chukar which is also a good thing. Groups of birds are birds that aren’t nesting and probably won’t have a hatch this year. Here is a turkey covey chasing insects. I believe they are all hens and probably won’t be nesting this year. Bummer.
It looks like they are finding plenty of grass hoppers to eat. Hopefully there will be plenty of insects for the babies as the season progresses and some moisture over the next few weeks would solidify that. Meanwhile we’ll just have to be satisfied with the wildlife we can find such as this calf elk the boys pointed for me.
I know finding baby elk has nothing to do with chukar but it’s a great reason for me and the boys to be on the mountain. Probably the best thing about this time of the year is we very rarely see another person. People are busy fishing or doing other summer activities. Being on a hot mountain isn’t to inviting to most.
Another great find on our outings this week was this bear. I believe boo boo bear knew we were there but was more interesting in finding some greens to put into his stomach. Both dogs saw the bear. Jake could care less but I think Grady thought a chase would be fun. Whoa and a finger ready to send voltage was all it took to keep him just watching.
So that’s some of my excitement for the week. Hope everyone is enjoying the nice weather. Keep me posted as to what you are seeing and let’s hope this green up last a while longer.
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The turkeys were probably all one year old jennys that often do not breed, and remain in small flocks. .
Thanks crexrode. Never to old to learn. Makes much more sense to me.
I’ve been enjoying your updates this Spring and appreciate your insights on how next season might be shaping up.
Thanks Tim. I’m heading over to eastern Oregon for four or five days shortly and I hope things look as promising over there.