[Tweeters] RFI re Sooty Grouse

Wayne Weber contopus at telus.net
Mon Feb 18 13:08:17 PST 2013

Larry, to expand on your message, there have been NO reported sightings of
Sooty Grouse on eBird anywhere in Washington or southwestern BC within the
last month. This speaks volumes about the difficulty of finding the species
in winter and early spring. The same situation is likely to apply until the
last week of March or beginning of April, when the males begin hooting.

If there are other “life birds” which Mr. Waldrop needs and which are
possible in Washington, I suggest that he would be better advised to look
for them than for Sooty Grouse in mid-March. He has a better chance, I would
say, of finding a Thick-billed Murre that a Sooty Grouse (even though I
tried and missed last month!)

Rick, I hope you have a good trip to Washington, and that you will be able
to return sometime in late spring or summer, when you have a far better
chance of finding Sooty Grouse!

Wayne C. Weber

Delta, BC

contopus at telus.net

From: tweeters-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu
[mailto:tweeters-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Larry
Sent: February-18-13 11:54 AM
To: Richard Ricardo Waldrop
Cc: tweeters message
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] RFI re Sooty Grouse

Well Rick, if you are indeed a lucky guy and want to return to Ecuador with
fond memories of wading through deep snow while getting a sore neck looking
high into the conifers, check out Ebird. On their website
http://ebird.org/content/ebird/ select "Explore Data" and you get,

http://ebird.org/ebird/eBirdReports?cmd=Start select "Range and Point
Maps" and you get,

http://ebird.org/ebird/map/ Type in the species "Sooty Grouse". Just to
the right of the "Species" is "Date". Open that and do a custom date range
of 2006 (the year of the split) to 2013. Also select the two months Feb to
Mar. Click "date range", and you get,


Zero in on Puget Sound until the blue drops show up. Not much there. Only
a dozen or so within three hours of SEATAC. If you open each one and look
at the sighting's checklist there is a good chance you will get a map with

Hurricane Ridge might be as good as it gets. Maybe Shawneen Finnegan or
Bill Tweit could give you some tips on that..

This works for owls too.

What you got for Black Swifts in Ecuador?

Larry Schwitters


On Feb 18, 2013, at 7:19 AM, Richard Ricardo Waldrop wrote:

Hello Tweeters,

I will be in Seattle in about three weeks (March 15-20) and would very much
like to find a Sooty Grouse, since I've only seen the Dusky Grouse in
Colorado before the species was split.

Can anyone give me some pointers as to the best place to look for this bird
for those dates? Will exchange info on Ecuador birds for info on the
grouse, ha, ha!

Rick Waldrop

Quito, Ecuador

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Quito, Ecuador
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