Upland Bird Forecast - Panhandle Region

Panhandle Region

2019 Conditions - Panhandle upland bird hunters might have to look a little harder for birds this year. Snow pack in the lower and mid elevations was above average which likely affected over winter survival. On top of that, we saw record rainfall in the spring. This affected brood survival so there will be fewer young birds out there. The summer has been hot and dry. Birds will be concentrated around reliable water sources. Predicted fall conditions call for continued hotter than normal temperatures with average rainfall. Pheasants, gray partridge and quail are restricted to the southern portion of the region. Populations of those species appear stable to slightly decreasing relative to previous years.

Pheasant

  • Trend from last year (2018): Stable
  • 10-Year Trend (2010-2019): Down
  • Sparse populations in the southern portion of the region. The hot dry summer has birds concentrated around reliable water sources.

Gray Partridge (Hun)

  • Trend from last year (2018): Stable
  • 10-Year Trend (2010-2019): Stable
  • Sparse populations in the southern portion of the region. The hot dry summer has birds concentrated around reliable water sources.

California Quail

  • Trend from last year (2018): Stable
  • 10-Year Trend (2010-2019): Stable
  • Sparse populations in the southern portion of the region. The hot dry summer has birds concentrated around reliable water sources.

Forest Grouse (Dusky, Ruffed, Spruce)

  • Trend from last year (2018): Down
  • 10-Year Trend (2010-2019): Stable
  • Production was below average this year. The wet spring likely affected brood survival. Late spring forage conditions were good and helped survival of the broods that made it through the wet spring. The hot dry summer has birds concentrated around reliable water sources. Forest grouse numbers are expected to be lower than previous years.