Contact | Blog | Project Noah Facebook | Project Noah Twitter

A global citizen science platform
to discover, share and identify wildlife

Join Project Noah!

Ruffed Grouse

Bonasa umbellus


I was out on our local bike path when this grouse came out of the woods and started pecking at my shoes and pants legs. It managed to untie both my boots and pursued me at least 100 feet down the path, making soft chicken-like noises. My guess is that my boots were similar in color and size to another grouse, which needed to be chased out of its territory. It was wonderful to get so close to what is usually a very shy game bird.

Species ID Suggestions

Sign in to suggest organism ID

30 Comments (1–25)

Hema 3 years ago

Beautiful bird......

Artistas Anónimos
Artistas Anónimos 5 years ago

Thanks! Ashley... :)

Great SOTD!! Congratulations, ScottRasmussen.
It is a great video also. This lovely bird was enchanted with your shoelaces, very cute!!

AshleyT 5 years ago

Hi Artistas, if you would like to share this photo, please go to the Project Noah main facebook page to do so. Thanks!

Artistas Anónimos
Artistas Anónimos 5 years ago

Scott Rasmussen... I will give your credit name... of course... :) See my website... at

Artistas Anónimos
Artistas Anónimos 5 years ago

Hello... I loved your photo of this Rufed Grouss... may I share it? :))

Jellis 5 years ago


ScottRasmussen 5 years ago

Thanks for the info on those documentaries. I'll have to see if I can track them down.

leoarchitect 5 years ago

congratulations with SOTD....

WayneWilkins 5 years ago

Grouse seem to like shoestrings as years ago on PBS they have a Douc. on Grouse and showed them doing the same thing. There was a mounted Grouse on a board and the man filming the Douc. placed it in the woods and a Male Grouse came up to it and tried to mate with the stuffed grouse. Then attacked his red in this case. There is also another PBS show called " The Gosehawk and the Grouse " that is really good.
Love these shots and video, Thanks..

VivBraznell 5 years ago

Great little bird .... great video ... great spotting! Well done with the SOTD : )

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 5 years ago

Congratulations !!

Jolly Ibanez
Jolly Ibanez 5 years ago

Congratulations Scott, adorable bird.

FelixO 5 years ago

Congrats on the SOTD!

ScottRasmussen 5 years ago

Thanks for the SOTD and to everyone for all the nice comments.

RickLampman 5 years ago


KarenL 5 years ago

What a great encounter Scott! Congratulations, it's earned you Spotting of the Day!

ScottRasmussen 5 years ago

Breeding season is probably starting around here. I haven't heard any drumming in the woods yet, however. This bird is probably a male defending its territory which mistook my vaguely grouse-colored boots for another male. I've also had females come very close while attempting to lure me away from their chicks.

Jellis 5 years ago

Is it also nesting season? Great shots and funny story

staccyh 5 years ago

Love the story and the photos! :)

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 5 years ago

awesome closeup big congrats and thanks for sharing.

leoarchitect 5 years ago

nice spotting and a great shot

kdpicturemaker 5 years ago

Great detail!

Hema 5 years ago


The MnMs
The MnMs 5 years ago

Nice encounter! Brave grouse!

Spotted by

Massachusetts, USA

Lat: 42.35, Long: -72.49

Spotted on Mar 29, 2014
Submitted on Mar 30, 2014

Spotted for Mission

Related Spottings

Ruffed grouse Ruffed Grouse Ruffed Grouse Ruffed Grouse

Nearby Spottings

Belted Kingfisher Pine Warbler Red-winged Blackbird Snapping Turtle