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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: 751    
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: 3831
Invisible, that's what it is...
 Reply by: JIGORNAUT      Posted: 5/5/2016 9:36:47 PM     Points: 327
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: 703
Obviously LOL
 Reply by: anglerwannabe      Posted: 5/6/2016 7:01:28 AM     Points: 72761
heliovampirebat for sure.
 Reply by: robsdad      Posted: 5/6/2016 7:10:04 AM     Points: 137
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 guess
 Reply by: Fishin4Jesus      Posted: 5/6/2016 1:03:42 PM     Points: 751
Wouldn't take my pictures... PAIN!
 Reply by: Fishin4Jesus      Posted: 5/6/2016 1:06:03 PM     Points: 751
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: 3831
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: 12347
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: 744
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: 22854
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: 26940
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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