Colorado 2022. Early Spring: Sage-Grouse, Prairie Chickens and More

April 01 - 12, 2022
Tour Length: 13 Days Est. Spaces Left: 1

Join Kip Miller on this early spring birding adventure in his adopted home state of Colorado. Native grouse and prairie-chickens will be the focus of the tour, as Colorado in April provides excellent opportunities to view multiple species, several of which will be gathered at favorite lekking sites to perform amazing (and yes, rather comical!) courtship displays. Lekking species we should enjoy include Sharptailed Grouse, Lesser and Greater Prairie-Chicken and Gunnison and Greater Sage-Grouse. And while they do not gather in display leks, we hope to add Dusky Grouse and White-tailed Ptarmigan to the list of native grouse encountered on this tour as well.

TOUR OVERVIEW

Extensions:
No Tour Extensions Listed.
Future Departures:
No Future Dates Available
Tour Leaders:
Max # Birders:
7 plus 1 leader
Focus:
Pace:
Easy to Moderate ; Birding from from or around van; some short, moderate hikes.
Double Accommodation:
$ 3425
[per person]
Single Supplement:
+ $ 675
Deposit:
$350 [per person]

Our tour will take us from the prairies of eastern Colorado (and western Kansas) into the high Rocky Mountains, covering over 1500 miles as we travel to the lekking sites of our target species. Our travels and the variety of habitats we will visit also provide opportunities to view many other bird species. A sampling of additional species we hope to find includes Western and Clark’s Grebe; Mountain Plover, Lewis’s and Three-toed Woodpecker; Williamson’s Sapsucker, Pinyon Jay, Black, Brown-capped, and Graycrowned Rosy-Finch; McCown’s and Chestnut-Collared Longspur, and many others.

MORE TRIP INFORMATION

  • Meeting Location

    Colorado Springs Airport, 3 PM, April 1, 2022

    Accomodations

    Comfortable 2 – 3 start hotels

    Included

    From Colorado Spring with departure from Denver Airport, includes eleven nights lodging, all
    meals, transportation, entry fees, guides, taxes,
    tips.

    Excluded

    Alcohol, phone calls, laundry,
    other personal expenses.

  • Top Birds

    Great & Lesser Prairie Chicken; Greater & Gunnison Sage-Grouse; Dusky Grouse, White-tailed Ptarmigan; Chukar; Rough-legged Hawk; American Dipper; Lewis’s Woodpecker; Three-toed Woodpecker; Junpier Titmouse; Pinyon Jay; Black, Gray-crowned, Brown-capped Rosy-Finch; Pine Grosbeak; Mountain Chickadee.

    Top Mammals

    Big Horned Sheep, Pronghorn, Coyote, Black Bear

    Habitats Covered

    Short-grass and long-grass prairie, foothills, mountains, montaine forest

    Expected Climate

    In the early spring, we can encounter very wintry weather including snow. Temperatures can be in the 20’s early in the morning at some of the leks. Please make sure to bring layers! It can also be quite warm (60 degrees or more) in some areas of Colorado.

  • Other Attractions

    Rocky Mountains and plains scenery.

    Suggested Clothing & Gear
    • Credit cards / cash
    • Binoculars
    • Scope and tripod (optional)
    • Sunglasses and sunscreen
    • Water bottle
    • Small umbrella
    • Small day pack / fanny pack
    • Small flashlight
    • Mosquito/insect repellant (DEET 25% or greater)
    • Itch relief cream
    • Prescription drugs - carry in original packaging to avoid customs problems
    • OTC medicines (antibiotics, cold/sinus, cough drops, eye drops, analgesic (Motrin, aspirin), anti-diarrheal)
    • Toiletries
    • Small alarm clock
    • Field guides
    • Hiking Boots/Shoes
    • Lightweight shoes/sneakers/sandals
    • Light-weight long pants
    • Light-weight long-sleeved shirts
    • Hat with brim/visor
    • Safari (e.g., Tilly) hat
    • Rain jacket/wind breaker
    • Waterproof winter jacket (Gore-tex or equivalent)
    • Warm winter jacket
    • Balaclava or full facial ski mask
    • Warm, waterproof gloves (and backup pair)
    • Long sleeve shirts (various weights)
    • T-shirts or undershirts (capilene or polypropylene)
    • Pants (fleece or wool; jeans NOT recommended)
    • Long Underwear (capilene or polypropylene)
    • Wool socks (various weights) and liners.
    Recommended Reading
    • National Geographic Field Guide to The Birds of North America (7th Edition)

      Jon Dunn, et. al. 2017
      National Geographic Society
    • A Photographic Guide to North American Raptors

      Brian Wheeler & William Clark

     


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