Ruffed Grouse reappears


Comprehensive digital records from show that the Ruffed Grouse can be seen in this area year round. My own records say otherwise.

When I look at the dated pictures I have taken in my yard, there is a conspicuous gap in the warmer months. Mind you, my yard pictures are taken at the valley bottom, while ebird treats all altitudes. (This is a mountainous region.)

There is information here about the behaviour of the Ruffed Grouse: The bird seems to head to the uplands in the warm months and return to the valleys when the snow falls (I have not seen this behaviour discussed anywhere).

It is December and a Ruffed Grouse reappeared in my yard. I expect to see it and its kin for maybe another six months before they head to the uplands again.


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2 Responses to Ruffed Grouse reappears

  1. Della C. Fenkner says:

    I love how you and your camera bring us the enchanting details
    of the animals you find…the feathers on this grouse and the hair on the face of the
    sheep a few days ago. Rivetting. Thank you and Merry Christmas.

  2. Joy McAdams says:

    I have had encounters with grouse at Idaho Peak in mid-august.

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