Spring must be here when the male grouse goes looking for a mate. I captured a shot of this guy outside my kitchen door yesterday. We see grouse around here all the time. They love to eat the Russian Kale that grows so profusely there is enough for all of us. But this was my first experience of seeing a male all puffed up in this way. A friend on Facebook provided this information:
It’s a Ruffed Grouse. Named after the wonderful ruff around the necks of the males. He’s starting to look for a mate. You will also be hearing a “drumming” sound, which is them beating their wings. Again, to attract a mate.
How wonderful! We’ve often heard the drumming, thrumming sound. Now we know what’s going on out in the wilderness!
Lovely pics. and a Happy Easter to you, Francis. 🙂
Many thanks, Kerry. Happy Easter to you and yours, as well. We are certainly ready for Spring here on the west coast of Canada 🙂
I’ve never seen a grouse (in real life) Francis – this one is an amazing looking guy! Happy Easter xxxx
Nice to hear from you, Dianne and Happy Easter to you, as well. It was my first time to see a male grouse fully ruffed up. Quite a sight.