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    Cool Where are the birds?

    Two trips this weekend without success. All the way to Central Saturday with no birds to be seen. All the way to Summit Lake Sunday with no birds to be seen. Anybody got any ideas?

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    Are they still high?

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    We looked both high and low!

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    need to remember the cycles... they have been up the last few years and are currently in the decline. take a pred caller with you out the steece... every few years they get very difficult to find.
    "If you are on a continuous search to be offended, you will always find what you are looking for; even when it isn't there."

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    I could do with a lynx or a wolf hanging on the wall.

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    Try Petersville for ptarmigain & spruce hen

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    You also need to keep in mind how ptarmigan aren't just out flying around all day for the heck of it. They fly when forced to by a predator, or perhaps just when they feel like spending the night somewhere else. But after eating in the morning will likely just sit tight, hunkered down in the snow with just a head sticking out of the snow for most of the day. Likely you are driving/walking right past birds. A couple of suggestions: 1. Hike about in likely habitat, 2. If you don't have a good bird dog use a binocular and hunt them like you would big game. You can walk right past a covey of tight holding birds. Scan for three-toed tracks around willow thickets or among the dwarf birch, and check out likely looking "snowballs." Winter white ptarmigan are also even more white than the snow and you can train your eyes to pick them out of seemingly barren snowscape. Look for that one black eye.

    Bottom line with ptarmigan: they are here today and gone tomorrow. Too bad you weren't here yesterday. Too bad you can't be here tomorrow. Sometimes you can make a loop around a mountain basin and find no birds, but if you loop around and hunt the same area a few hours later you'll find all the birds you desire.

    Good luck!

    Jim

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