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Sage Grouse 2007

April 10 & 11, Dubois, Idaho. Every spring, Sage Grouse congregate on traditional strutting called leks and perform the courtship dance to attract female grouses. The mating rituals happen an hour before sunrise and finish an hour or so after sunrise. The male grouses make very weird sounds when they puffed up their 'chests'. They tried to intimidate the other male grouses when they came close to their own territories. Brief fights did happen occasionally. Whenever the female grouses were around, there would certainly extra activities. It was quite an experience observating the rituals.
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