Update – warmer

Today
Today

After yesterday’s post, I decided to take a spin down to Hells Canyon to see what it looked like, and see if there was any hope for the chukar. Expecting to see pure white, I was pleased to find a sort of belt of burned-off terrain, which had plenty of open ground. Above it and below it was pure white, and this open ground was occupied by a huge herd of elk, but at least there’s some safe haven for some birds.

Down lower, we watched four chukar hiking around in the snow near the road (see the video below). It was interesting watching them – they’re clearly trying to find stuff to eat, and it’s slim pickins for sure. They weren’t too concerned about us, and we didn’t linger.

Here’s these tough birds at work:

About 200 yards up the road we saw this:

Red-tailed hawk feeding on chukar
Red-tailed hawk feeding on chukar

Nature is red in beak and talon. For a half second, I thought I could maybe get out hunting again, but even if the weather warmed, it wouldn’t make sense. For anyone. And then I checked NOAA: another foot of snow predicted for this area, with temperatures going back down from the 36 degrees we saw today.

Here are some other pictures of the canyon today…

Sycamore pods
Sycamore pods
Chukar tracks
Chukar tracks
Mutts loving getting out of the house
Mutts loving getting out of the house
Calm before the next storm
Calm before the next storm
Lots of these down there now
Lots of these down there now
Hungarian partridge remains near the eagle
Hungarian partridge remains near the eagle
Two of the hungry chukar
Two of the hungry chukar
Mulie forkie
Mulie forkie
Young turks, on the fence about something
Young turks, on the fence about something

8 Replies to “Update – warmer”

  1. Outstanding photos and video. Kudos to you for self policing your hunting opportunities. I’m with you in that simply killing isn’t necessarily hunting. Keep up the good work. Hope to cross paths with you in some secret canyon someday and chat in person. Best wishes to you all (pups too) for a great 2017. Take care.

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