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River: South Boulder Creek - Gross Reservoir to US 36

What is this?

Post By: Fishin4Jesus      Posted: 5/5/2016 9:12:43 PM     Points: 750    
Went fishing at South Boulder Creek, and this thing flew down from where it was roosting, and began circling me really close. Anyone know what it is?
 Reply by: Wapati      Posted: 5/5/2016 9:33:48 PM     Points: 121    
not without a picture
 Reply by: Toadfish      Posted: 5/5/2016 9:34:28 PM     Points: 3788    
Invisible, that's what it is...
 Reply by: JIGORNAUT      Posted: 5/5/2016 9:36:47 PM     Points: 321    
Obviously it was a vampire, the images don,t show up in photographs.
 Reply by: JKaboom      Posted: 5/6/2016 12:06:43 AM     Points: 4495    
Obviously LOL
 Reply by: anglerwannabe      Posted: 5/6/2016 7:01:28 AM     Points: 51155    
heliovampirebat for sure.
 Reply by: robsdad      Posted: 5/6/2016 7:10:04 AM     Points: 122    
loos like Casper to me.
 Reply by: ol Uncle Marty      Posted: 5/6/2016 8:14:02 AM     Points: 352    
Red Wing Blackbirds are protecting their nests now...my guess
 Reply by: Fishin4Jesus      Posted: 5/6/2016 1:03:42 PM     Points: 750    
Wouldn't take my pictures... PAIN!
 Reply by: Fishin4Jesus      Posted: 5/6/2016 1:06:03 PM     Points: 750    
Pretty frustration... Pictures randomly flip inside down... nice!!
 Reply by: Mike V.      Posted: 5/6/2016 1:13:45 PM     Points: 487    
I don't know my birds to well, but it looks like some sort of a grouse. I was gonna say prarie chicken but I'm pretty sure those are the super funky looking ones
 Reply by: jimmy1219      Posted: 5/6/2016 1:20:25 PM     Points: 144    
I would say dusky grouse. Previously known as the blue grouse. They are curiously dumb birds but great eating. Best table fair of any bird. IMO.
 Reply by: Toadfish      Posted: 5/6/2016 1:45:30 PM     Points: 3788    
I'd say a grouse, looks like common or prarie but could be a dusky, can't really tell, and it doesn't matter they all taste good!
 Reply by: Johann      Posted: 5/6/2016 2:11:20 PM     Points: 160    
I believe that bird is a Ruffed Grouse based on the feathers on the tail and raised feathers on the head. Pretty rare here in Colorado as the Sage Grouse is more common. Interesting experience I'm sure.
 Reply by: Fishful Thinker      Posted: 5/6/2016 2:24:59 PM     Points: 10879    
Blue...err, dusky grouse. They are curious and not very bright. Dang tasty though. CL
 Reply by: yard dogs      Posted: 5/6/2016 2:39:11 PM     Points: 628    
Have to agree with most above - typical not too bright grouse. But darn good eats. I personally would put them #2 on the bird list with quail in the lead and pheasant close behind.
 Reply by: trkytrack      Posted: 5/9/2016 10:45:39 AM     Points: 20    
Blue grouse. Lacking in the brain department but really great eating. Found mostly in the mountains but sometimes in the foothills. Huntable game bird with seasons around September.
 Reply by: SGM      Posted: 5/9/2016 11:37:13 AM     Points: 9077    
For sure blue/dusky grouse. The gray/blue tail feathers are the give away. As stated dumb as a rock but tasty.
 Reply by: FishForAll      Posted: 5/9/2016 8:47:39 PM     Points: 15347    
That is a young Dusky (Blue) Grouse.
 Reply by: Ziriux      Posted: 5/9/2016 11:36:35 PM     Points: 0    
I could make sooo many flies from their feathers, than eat it for dinner. :p
 Reply by: Smelly      Posted: 5/10/2016 6:18:10 AM     Points: 22936    
Blue Grouse. Ruffed are Eastern birds . And yes "dang" tasty!
 Reply by: fishstryker      Posted: 5/10/2016 8:45:06 AM     Points: 0    
Blue grouse, dusky grouse, spruce grouse
 Reply by: crazypickles      Posted: 5/10/2016 9:27:33 AM     Points: 127    
Taste just like chicken! White meat. I shot 3 last year elk hunting the backcountry near steamboat

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