Last week I easily saw two hundred ptarmigan in one large mountain valley. I had never seen that many before and I had never heard them quite so vocal nor had I seen them be so flighty. It was clear example of how one could spot and stalk ptarmigan. For some reason they were "chuckling" and moving about pretty much all day long for five straight days. The problem was, I had had a caribou tag in my pocket, no dog and a rifle! I can tell you lots of drool was spilled over my lip :-) I saw numerous groups of 15 to 30 birds and one larger group of 80 to 100. I was able to walk up these groups in succession so I know it wasnt all the same birds just splitting out. As I sat on ridge tops glassing caribou I could see multiple groups moving from spot to spot. It was almost constant.
I did not take the time to take as many photos or videos as I could have, but have one to share with you...it is one of the smaller groups I saw.
I also watched a Northern Harrier trying to collect a meal. It was also there for the whole time.
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Not sure the best way to post video...hope it works.
For a small finders fee (the cost of the 18 mile horse ride), I will divulge the exact location...maybe ;-)