Death of a ruffed grouse

Ruffed grouse feathers on blackberryOver the past seven years I’ve delighted in hearing a male ruffed grouse “drumming” in the woods.  A few times I’ve even flushed it from its hiding place.  However, I have never been able to see the bird clearly.

A couple days ago I was walking through the snowy woods and noticed lots of feathers strewn about.  Aha!  Some bird was caught and killed.  I looked around and found one (of two) sites where the deed was done.  Here’s one of them:

Death site #1I took lots of photos of what I found, including some tracks which led me back to the other location where I believe the bird was actually killed.  I will spare you the gory scene and close-up photos.  Given the feathers and what I found at the second location, I knew it was a ruffed grouse which had become someone else’s meal.

I felt sadness because I’ll miss this bird (whether it was a male or a female). I’m hoping there are some more around to keep drumming for me.  I accepted the gift of ruffed grouse feathers and the opportunity to practice my novice tracking skills (even though I never could find other tracks to tell me exactly who had lived for another day).

Ruffed grouse feathersP.S.  This morning (January 19) I flushed a ruffed grouse as I walked down the driveway.  Hurrah!

P.P.S.  And this morning (January 25) I disturbed two ruffed grouse as I walked down the driveway.  Yes!  Yes!  Yes!

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2 Responses to Death of a ruffed grouse

  1. Hi Angelyn,
    I like your peanut jar with a little bit of a mystery (the walnut). The light is very good.
    Love your post on the ruffed grouse. Great pictures and up until now I didn’t know what a ruffed grouse was. Had to google it.


  2. Lynn says:

    Hi Angelyn, thank you so much for your comment on my milkweed photo. I enjoyed visiting your blog. Sorry to hear about the ruffed grouse, hopefully you’ll get plenty of visits from the other one.

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