We've talked about grouse before, they are just about a thing of the past in this area.
It was the 2nd week of buck season, my buddy Rick and I were out hunting. (Not Ric from here on the forum, but a different man.)
We'd hunted around in this one big cove most of the day, didn't amount to squat, and didn't see much either. Nobody else was hunting and we had over 4,000 acres of private land to play with, so we figured we'd try a different area.
Riding back across the top of the mountain, a grouse ran across the road. We were in Rick's buggy, I told him to hold up, I'll try to get a picture. She was standing there 15 feet from the buggy, and I did get several nice pictures. Rick and I were talking about it, that made 2 grouse that he's seen this season, and one for me.
I posted my best picture on my facebook thing, several of my friends commented. Three guys said that they'd flushed a couple or heard a couple of grouse drumming a year ago. Everyone else saying that it'd been years since they'd seen a grouse.
But one thing that I've really noticed this past fall and winter, we don't have many woodpeckers. From the little black and white speckled ones, on up. They are just not there, or very few.
Woodpeckers are about like chipmunks, you don't really notice them if they aren't there, until you realize that something is missing.
Here at work I've asked a dozen of 15 of my friends if they've been seeing any woodpeckers. I've had a couple guys tell me something like this: You know, now that I think about it, I don't recall seeing any.
But that's my observation. What are you guys finding?