Date: 5/10/20 2:01 pm
From: Elinor Osborn <0000037bc09f69f4-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Moose Bog
Thanks. So it sounds like many things may be affecting them, or not. There are almost never exact answers are there?

Elinor Osborn Photography
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Craftsbury Common VT 05827

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On May 10, 2020, at 2:47 PM, Tom Berriman <blackpoll...> wrote:

Hi Elinor

Spruce Grouse are dispersed over three main areas in Essex County, Wenlock &
West Mountain WMA's and the Conte NWR (someone will correct me if I'm wrong)
I am not sure about the overall status and numbers of Spruce Grouse in
Vermont. For all I know they may be doing well at other locations. However
at the Moose Bog location (I mile by 1/3 mile area) there does seem to be
less than just a few years ago. As short as 4 years ago I have had at least
3 males this time of year (flutter flights at different locations within a
mile length of trail) and for the last 3 years can only eke out I male a
season. In Late March 2 years ago there were 5 adults together, 2 males & 3
females who may have been 'hanging out' together that winter.

It is still early in the breeding season maybe another male will pop up at
another lek along the trail. Also the habitat they like may be changing
slightly in that particular spot. As more trees fall and spruce trees are
replaced by other tree species and those areas that were more sheltered or
provided cover are now open, the area may become less desirable. While the
male doesn't seem to mind displaying in open area this time of year, the
rest of the year they probably would like to have 'cover' more than open

It may be to early to make too much of these observations. I don't think the
trail improvements or the increase in human activity and use has been the
direct cause..yet.

I guess what we can all do is just what good birders & photographers do and
try not to infringe on their personal space. That sounds timely LOL. But I
have a clock in my head and it signals when I've been 'visiting' too long.

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