Monday, February 06, 2006

Meet Charlie Grouse

My friend Joan has been e-mailing me for the past week or so about a bird she encounters on her daily walks
Let me share her description. “He is truly gorgeous, brown and white stripes and dots and plaids – everything in a gorgeous pattern, with a flat long tail with a brown band at the end, whitish underbelly, a bit of a crown at the top, not a long bill, short to medium, pointed. He is so talkative… he gobbles and gurgles at me and then softly coos and mourns a bit like a mourning dove.”

Today Joan, Nina and I walked through the woods above the Delaware River, following a narrow country road. Just before we reached the top of the hill we could see movement back in the trees. Running out of the woods came Charlie Grouse: Joan called to him and he came right up to her feet. To my delight he posed for pictures before a car came past and we went on our way.

Ruffed Grouse Bonasa umbellus

Stokes Field Guide to Birds states: "Ruffed Grouse can at times be very tame. They occasionally approach humans and may even act aggressively."


Blogger Beltane said...

And isn't Charlie the beautiful one!

4:25 AM  
Blogger Ontario Wanderer said...

I wonder why grouse do this. At least 4 times in my life I have had grouse come to my feet. Some place, I have photos of the last one, but where? Sigh! I can lose more things in a day than I used to find in a week.

5:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh what a wonderful photo! I am so glad you found my site and now I have found you--- I am a big bird lover and look forward to reading back into your archives.


1:10 PM  
Blogger T. Beth said...

What a fortunate encounter! I had never heard of a grouse acting this way before.

5:37 PM  
Blogger harmonyinline said...

Wow! How exciting.

7:02 PM  
Blogger Endment said...

beltane - He is beautiful. Wish I could get him against a different background.

ontario wanderer - A naturalist thinks it is trying to encourage us to come be its mate --- I have my doubts but it is fun to see it so close

anonymous - thanks for visiting, hope to see you again soon

t. beth - I added a comment from Stokes to my post - guess it hapens enough for them to mention... I had never heard of it before

would love to have you join us on one of our walks

7:55 AM  

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