12-15 February 2010 by Patrick Grewe and friend - Patrick had this to say about his winter Ruby Crest Trail adventure. 30 June 2013 by Ming & Chris Aquila and their group of 16 people with 5 non-birders. We were heading up the hill across from Camp Lamoille.
 In the Hunza range, they have been observed to prefer Sibbaldia cuneata. Our email newsletter shares the latest programs and initiatives. Bruce also reported that he saw a lot of sign on Thomas. 18 June 2011 by Kyle Rambo - A group of us wildlife biologists and birders had just finished a DoD Partners in Flight meeting the week before at the Peregrine Funds World Center for Birds of Prey and drove down to the Ruby Mountains in search of Himalayan Snowcock and other mountain birds and wildlife. "I and three friends hiked up to Island Lake in the early afternoon yesterday, 7 Nov 2009. 16 August 2011 by Ralph Browning - Only one Himalayan Snowcock was observed.
During courtship, the male crouches low down to the ground with wings slightly spread, tail depressed and feathers slightly ruffled. 13 August 2010 by Chuck & Lillian Almdale - Chuck and Lillian headed up to Island Lake and were lucky enough to find a snowcock and relay their experience back to us. This page is about the elusive Ruby Mountain Himalayan snowcock (tetraogallus himalayensis). Most of these peaks are over 11,000 feet. That was to be the only sighting at that location. Maybe since I wasn't as high on the mountain this time, I had a better angle to see the single bird on the ridgeline.". We got to enjoy the Snowcocks feeding on a small grass patch below the tip of the cliff for about 15 minutes. The second group were feeding at around 11,000 ft. when we saw them. In flight Thor noticed that there had been 6 birds in the area. It is usually seen in alpine pastures and rocky ridges.
We watched these goats for a short time and I started to shoot video with my camera to see how it would turn out. The Himalayan Snowcock frequents high, open, steep mountain slopes, from the tree-line up to the snow-line. We climbed another 150 ft vertical towards the cliff. There it lives on steep and barren slopes above treeline, in remote areas that birders may visit only with a major effort. Audubon protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow. 14 July 09 by Jake Ward - Jake and some friends saw some snowcock by Echo Lake. One following your yellow route to the left and one following your orange route to the right. We parked at the Glacier Overlook at 0600 and began climbing toward the cliffs across the road. Visit your local Audubon center, join a chapter, or help save birds with your state program. By 1987, only 32 birds (4 birds a … Lives of North American Birds.
Here is what they had to report. Photo: Sergey Yeliseev/Flickr (CC BY SA NC ND 2.0).  Several species of endoparasitic Acanthocephala and Nematoda such as Hispaniolepis fedtschenkoi, have been described from the species. The Tibetan snowcock has a wing pattern with white trailing edge to the secondaries that contrasts with the grey wings. I noticed there were two more mountain goats at the head of our chute. Watch a Video on Snowcock: Watch a video posted on the American Birding Association site on the catch and release program of the Himalayan Snowcock. 18 May 08 by Larry Spradlin - Larry and I were hiking up a steep chute in Lamoille Canyon when we heard some snowcock. "A friend and I skied the Ruby Crest Trail, with some variation and exploration this past weekend Feb 12-15th. This is what Bradford had to share with us.
It was around 1 p.m. on 16 August. They saw 3 snowcock and heard 1 more. 19 November 2010 by Larry Spradlin - Larry saw a snowcock in Lamoille Canyon when he was watching some mountain goats. My luck would change however around 9:30am when in flew a Golden Eagle!
A wild population more than 200 to 500 birds has established itself in the Ruby Mountains, where they forage above the treeline.
We were a little south of the route on Kyles map, probably around 800-1000ft above the road.
"When we were heading out of the lake (through the pass to the south) we heard snowcocks back to the east and looked over just in time to catch about a half dozen of them flying across the canyon. The Public Gets Just Two Weeks to Weigh In on Seismic Testing in the Arctic Refuge, Researchers Reveal the Mysterious Fall Movements of a Familiar Backyard Bird, Another Consequence of Suppressing Wildfire: Trees Are Invading the Prairie, Help power unparalleled conservation work for birds across the Americas, Stay informed on important news about birds and their habitats, Receive reduced or free admission across our network of centers and sanctuaries, Access a free guide of more than 800 species of North American birds, Discover the impacts of climate change on birds and their habitats, Learn more about the birds you love through audio clips, stunning photography, and in-depth text. Later on in the day Larry and I were in another chute when we heard a few snowcock making noise and Larry spotted them land on the other side of the chute. Native to the Himalayan region of southern Asia, this huge grouse was introduced as a game bird in the Ruby Mountains of northern Nevada beginning in 1963.