Ruffed Grouse

I took this picture through the van windshield. There are five grouse, one is hidden behind the one on the right.

I took this picture through the van windshield. There are five grouse, one is hidden behind the one on the right.

I had my first sighting of Ruffed Grouse  (Bonasa umbellis) in twenty years during our Grand Manan trip.  We were coming up from an area known as “The Whistle” (actually Long Eddy Point) and five grouse were standing in the road, motionless.  These are birds of the forest, so I was a little surprised to see them outside that habitat but delighted to see them again, after all these years as they are in severe decline in Connecticut.  Ruffed Grouse come in two different color variations; red form and gray form.  These seem to blend the two colorations.

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