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    Took a nice hike on Easter after the morning grouse count. Beautiful country, SW Montana; it may appear a bit sparse, but if you're willing to get a little closer to the earth, literally, it has it's own beauty. Here's a few pics; no internet here, so I climbed the pass and sent the wife the pics & text by phone.

    Part 1

    The Pioneers, off in the distance




    Mt. Baldy usually dominates the skyline




    from up here, pretty unassuming




    and a little grim





    the star of the show




    pygmy rabbit den; nocturnals, and me without the I/R sensor




    geological stuff








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    Part 3

    fauna

    I didn't seem to phase these guys; the pronghorns never let me get within 1/4 mile



    grasshoppers in April, at 6200'?



    sky dragons



    horned lark




    Hope you all had a Happy Easter

    Regards,
    Scott

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    Nice photos. Where do the grouse hide in that barren land?

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    Nice pictures. Looks like you have a great place to hike.

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    Thanks for taking us along ... Nice pics..
    "Because by the Grace of God I can, be on a beautiful mountain stream with a friend , have the water boil from a 12" Native Brookie taking a self tyed dry,and feel it on the end of my cane... It don't get no better than that..."

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    Quote Originally Posted by lastchance View Post
    Nice photos. Where do the grouse hide in that barren land?
    Bruce,

    This is where they display and mate; kinda like a pickup bar. They tend to live where the sage is thicker; even so, it's a pretty harsh environment and they're tough little (actually pretty big) birds. As sparse as this terrain appears, though, I flushed a trio of gentlemen while walking a lek after the morning activities had ended and never saw them until they blew up about 50' in front of me. As spectacular as the males are when displaying, they effectively blend in to the landscape when they don't want to be seen, and the hens are even harder to find.

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    Scott

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