This trip is a guaranteed departure! Note that we have extended the trip by one night to ten nights so that it is a bit more relaxed while allowing us access a couple of areas we couldn’t previously.
Colorado is the best place in the country for finding all the species of Prairie-chicken and Grouse. Its varied topography, ranging from prairie grasslands through high plains to subalpine forests and alpine tundra, supports as many as 500 species of birds; its geographical location astride the Continental Divide provides a mix of eastern, western, northern, and southwestern species not easily found together anywhere else.
Our trip will take us from the eastern prairies of Colorado into the high Rocky Mountains, covering about 2000 miles in searching for our target species. In order to see many of these species at their leks at dawn, we’ll need to be up and out by 4:00 or 4:30 AM. We expect to find Greater and Lesser Prairie-Chicken; Greater and Gunnison’s Sage-Grouse; Sharp-tailed and Dusky Grouse and, possibly, White-tailed Ptarmigan. Other species of interest include Mountain Plover; Three-toed Woodpecker and Williamson’s Sapsucker; Rough-legged Hawk; Black, Brown-capped, and Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch; McCown’s and Chestnut-Collared Longspur, and many others.
Comments from travelers:
I thought our trip was a great success and thoroughly enjoyable. What a wonderful window on Colorado! Forrest, I’ve considered signing up for this trip ever since you first told me about it and I’m so glad I finally did so. I’ve enjoyed every one of my trips with High Lonesome and this one, my fifth, was no exception. Thank you for putting on a second trip! Stephan, your almost instant provision of an incredibly comprehensive trip report was remarkable! You are an outstanding guide and I look forward to joining you on a trip again sometime. RW, Calgary
Once again, that was a fantastic trip – terrific guides, good food, & amazing birds – all anticipated. Amazing looks at Colorado’s countryside and a wonderful group of travel companions – a bonus! E & D Bar Harbor, Maine
Thanks so much for your incredibly comprehensive report. It was one of my more memorable birding experiences and the planets were most definitely aligned for us, particularly in light of the big storm that concluded our visit. Had the storm occurred days earlier, I don’t even want to ponder how negatively it would have impacted our tour. F. C. Edmonds, Washington
Photo: Greater Sage-Grouse at Coalmont, Colorado by Pam HIgginbotham
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