On the way out of Menards in Fremont this evening just before dusk, I saw what I can only surmise was a greater prairie chicken. Grouse-sized with a longish thin neck, upright stance with slightly drooping wings, short stubby, cocked tail, a slight crest, and a somewhat barred appearance (light was low). The lone bird stood on the shoulder of the highway appearing to be getting ready to cross, so I parked my car and herded it away from the road. It never flew, but rather, as typical, ran into the ditch and along the fence line of a cornfield. When I turned my car around, grabbed my binoculars from the seat and drove back by, I could not relocate it. It seems Fremont is a bit marginal for range, and the habitat was a little strange as well. But it was clearly not a pheasant or sharp-tailed grouse, nor a bobwhite or Hungarian partridge. Isn't Fremont a bit out of the norm for this species?
Diane T from Laramie, WY