Despite our best efforts to camouflage our windows, a few birds continue to hit the glass. Reflections of the surrounding trees make it look like just part of the forest.
If the birds are lucky it’s only a glancing blow. Others succumb to the impact and die — which is what happened to this ruffed grouse.
We placed her body a few feet into the bush. Within hours all that remained was the feathers.
Who benefitted from her untimely end? Foxes live nearby so perhaps their hunt for a meal was easier today.
Ruffed grouse Bonasa umbellus