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Persistence produces two alpine bird species

Published 08/29/2012, West Fargo Pioneer

Several winters ago I found myself in Colorado just a stone’s throw from Guanella Pass. This location – aaccording to Holt’s A Birder’s Guide to Colorado--was the best one in winter to find white-tailed ptarmigan (Lagopus leucurus), a grouse-like bird which had thwarted my every attempt at seeing it. Despite the fact I had lived three years in Colorado well prior to this occasion, frustratingly, I had not encountered this alpine specialist.

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