The stars of my recent trip to the Burntpoint Research Camp were the willow ptarmigan. They appeared a couple hours into our first day and were present almost continuously. The camp had at least 3 different pairs which regularly visited a sandy spot in the compound for a “dustbath”.
Ptarmigan were scattered across the study area being absent only on the immediate coast. They would constantly appear and fuss at you as you went by. The females would disappear in the landscape if you took your eyes off them at all. Their nests were incredibly well hidden and could only be found with careful inspection. I’ll miss getting to see them each day.