It looks like grouse populations will be high again here in northwest Montana. Adult survival from last year is substantial and throughout the winter Gracie and Maisy were consistently kicking up several birds a day.
Spring drumming has started providing further evidence of adult survival. Each afternoon when I run the dogs I’m hearing at least three or four different males drumming in a relatively small area. It’s a bit early to start considering spring chick survival since that’s a month out but at least things are as good as they can be at the moment with high numbers of potential breeding adults.
Stay tuned for more reports as the spring progresses.