Several hens (6 total) visited the lek this morning
and one, in particular, demostrated a defense of
her particular territory as a dominate hen.
Watch towards the top.
|A handsome coyote poses at the edge of the lek.|
None of the birds flushed when he appeared.
They know he can't catch them.
It is approaching peak booming ground activity.
The cocks face off at their respective territory
borders and chase other competitors away.
|The males defend their territories and often |
perform daring aerials in the process.
This hopeful suitor gets so pumped
that he even kicks up some dirt.
|Two Northern Harriers came by and some of the birds flushed.|
We watched the raptors work the field next to the lek
while the coyote followed them, hoping to steal any
kill they may have made. They certainly didn't have any
luck with the prairie chickens.