We targeted Gunnison Sage Grouse this morning and left the motel at 4.15am, getting settled into the hide by 4.50am. We then had to wait for sunrise before scoping two males on a distant ridge and both were in view for over an hour. We returned to the hotel for breakfast before heading back towards Monarch Pass, stopping along the way to check out the sagebrush flats where a Brewer’s Sparrow was the only new bird.
|American Three-toed Woodpecker|
Up in the mountains we had a pair of American Three-toed Woodpeckers without too much hassle and enjoyed crippling views right in front of us. After a stop at the souvenir shop on the pass, we headed out on the long drive into Kansas that took around 9 hours. We checked out our long shot for Lesser Prairie Chicken and had a Short-eared Owl quartering the fields at dusk to end our day.