Diane and I took the opportunity to reserve an observation blind that the DNR has set up on a traditional dancing ground, that the sharp-tail grouse use to vie for a chance to mate. We were lucky, the weather today was perfect; it was going to be sunny with very little wind and temperature in the low thirties. We were up at 5:00 a.m. so that we could be at the blind by daylight. The birds were there when we arrived and they flushed, but returned as soon as we were in the blind. There were between fifteen and twenty grouse in front of us most of the time. We were in the blind for over an hour and the birds were there the entire time. They danced, spared, strutted around and sometimes just sat. It’s a beautiful and sometimes comical display.
Dancing Sharp-tail Grouse
Sharp-tail on their traditional dancing grounds