Eric writes: Greetings from Tucson,
From Austin, Texas I drove west to the Roswell, New Mexico area. This part of eastern New Mexico is comprised of grasslands with a number of rivers creating wetlands. The Lesser Prairie-Chicken specializes in these grasslands in New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, and Colorado.
The Prairie-Chicken was also another of the species that would be a lifer for me on my drive out to Tucson. I had one location in mind to try first, and boy was I glad I did. The lek was right next to the road and the chickens were very easy to watch. I spent two mornings watching the chickens; the first was great but I didn't know where to park and didn't want to move once the chickens were displaying, the second morning the weather was terrible; very windy and cloudy so the chickens didn't display for as long and the light was never good.
|A beautiful Eastern Meadowlark at the prairie-chicken lek.|