New shoots coming through the snow brought this female ruffed grouse out of the woods and into the yard. She didn’t seem bothered at all as the camera and I stepped closer.
I’ve heard the male drumming in the woods over the past week or so which means mating season will soon be underway.
The male, when in full display, fans his large tail (somewhat like a small peacock) and puffs up the ruff around his neck — all designed to impress the local ladies.
I’ve seen many grouse over the years but this one surprised me. On the back of her neck I spotted several iridescent blue feathers. Gorgeous. Although I googled several sites I couldn’t find any reference to blue feathers. Curiouser and curiouser as Alice would say.
Check out the dots on her back — like little white hearts. Maybe love is in the air. 🙂
Ruffed grouse Borasa umbellus