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Ruffed Grouse

Bonasa umbellus

Description:

Adult grouse 17" in length usually solitary. This was a rufous morph with strong rust colour.

Habitat:

Pacific temperate rain forest area but this acreage has been replanted as a conifer research forest.

Notes:

We flushed this grouse while hiking along the Blue Trail in the Malcolm Knapp Research forest. It pecked my boot lace and then pecked my mitten when I put my hand down. It followed us for about a 100 ft along the trail. My sister took this picture.

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2 Comments

birdlady6000
birdlady6000 8 years ago

You should remember where that friendly ruffed grouse was and go back during breeding season to see if there is evidence of breeding. So cool to see the young!

birdlady6000
birdlady6000 8 years ago

This was a cool experience Jean!

JeanSawatzky
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JeanSawatzky

Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada

Spotted on Jan 21, 2013
Submitted on Feb 4, 2013

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