Grouse display


Maybe I am not all that observant, but I rarely see a Ruffed Grouse in display. Although it presumably happens a few times a year, I have seen it only about once every four years.

A display involves a male with a spread ruff around the neck and a spread tail. It is usually used to persuade a female, but not always. These pictures show three at four year intervals.

The first sighting did not involve a female. It was in October (2014) and as far as I could tell, was an exercise in displaying dominance among younger males.

The second display was in late March (2018) and there was a female being enticed.

The third display was this morning (mid-February 2022) and a female was seen there during the day. (It may have been a practice in that it is a month and a half earlier than the previous shot taken in late March.) There was a spread tail, but it was substantially hidden by trees. However, it does look a little different: the ruff completely enclosed the head, and it was of a substantially lighter hue.


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6 Responses to Grouse display

  1. Allan Hobden says:

    …ruffled feathersâť—

  2. Karen Pidcock says:

    Fancy schmancy strutter…and boomer soon too..thanks, Alistair!

  3. Stephen Wells says:

    Beautiful and under-appreciated birds. Thanks!

  4. Lindell Haggin says:

    Beautiful photos. Interesting observations.

  5. Joy McAdams says:

    Wow! Great capture and so interesting!

  6. Gail Frampton says:

    Beautiful photos Alistair-We have grouse outside our Condo-we counted 26 one morning. Appeared to be more than one family! Thanks for sharing!

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