Me and the boys were going to take advantage of a little cooler weather this morning by taking a short hike on the chukar mountain. But I had a brain fart and forgot to pack the water bottles and where we were heading was too dry to let the dogs go far. So instead, we detoured to a grouse spot we hunt sometimes. It was 60 degrees at 6 a.m. and with the timber cover and a creek I wasn’t worried about burning a dog up. We did find some grouse, even though I didn’t get to see them. One covey of at least four were blues and I believe the other two I heard fly were ruffs. No matter what it was good to know there are some grouse out there.
We did get to see some other wildlife that cooperated with the camera.
With a little more than a month of growth to go, these bucks will be fun for someone to chase.
Looks like the same buck, but it is two different young bucks. We also saw some smaller guys with their moms.
And this guy almost ran me over.
Back to the birds. On our way home we saw several covey’s of quail. They were all on private property, but it was good to see the numbers I saw. At first, I was disappointed to see mostly adult birds,
but as we traveled we saw a lot more young birds. Most weren’t willing to be filmed.
I got a feeling that those high desert birds, the chukars, are doing as well. I just need to have a cooler morning with some cloud cover to get into their back yard and film them. Hopefully soon.