Incipient grouse courting


March and April is a time for the Ruffed Grouse to court and mate. Three years ago this month, I managed a shot of a male in full courting display (right) in front of an adjacent female. He had his ruff expanded and his tail upright and spread. 

Now, after a winter in which no grouse displayed its ruff, there is a sign of interest. Yesterday’s ruffed grouse showed a hint of a ruff to its nearby partner and a spread, but not raised, tail. 

Things may get interesting as the month wears on.

Yesterday’s Ruffed Grouse looks as if he has courting on his mind.


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4 Responses to Incipient grouse courting

  1. birthe says:

    Alistair, I think it looks more like: “should I, or shouldn’t I?”

  2. Allan Hobden says:

    Maybe…he didn`t want to ruffle her feathers…

  3. Gail Frampton says:

    Gorgeous photos once again Alistair-

  4. Irene McIlwaine says:

    Enjoy the pictures and the comments . Thanks again

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