My thought, too, Kent. Wouldn't Willow Ptarmigan be showing brown
patches by this time? I must say, however, that I sure haven't seen
many grouse foraging in roadside grass with traffic going by! Maybe
only a very naive ptarmigan would do that. <g> I'm about to have
another look at the video.
On May 9, 2014, at 11:58 AM, Kent McFarland wrote:
> Okay, I only watched this quickly so far, but why couldn't this be a
> leucistic grouse? Just a thought....
> Kent McFarland
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> On Fri, May 9, 2014 at 11:39 AM, Thomas Berriman
> <[log in to unmask]>wrote:
>> It appears that there was/is a Willow Ptarmigan in the vicinity of
>> Fairbanks Scales Factory/Plant on rte. #2 east of St Johnsbury.
>> Here is a link to a video on NEK Audubon Facebook posted and taken
>> by Mary
>> Beth Prondzinski of the Fairbanks Museum:
>> Mary Beth was alerted to the Ptarmigan by Fairbanks Scale employees
>> they have taken pictures of the bird (although from long distances).
>> The bird was last seen along the north side of Rte. 2 on the
>> shoulder of
>> the road at the bend in rte. 2 just before you approach Fairbanks
>> which will be on the left.
>> Four of us did look this morning for the bird and did not find it.
>> area was not totally covered before we had to leave because of other
>> Tom Berriman