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February 23, 2009


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The Zen Birdfeeder

Red - and I didn't even get the shots of him on even SMALLER branches! Thanks for your comment and visit again soon.
Larry - I hope so too. Thanks much for the thumbs up on this post.
Jackie - thanks for your note and for dropping in. I'll be sure to visit your blog!

Jackie Donnelly

I'm so happy I found your blog! It was highlighted on Adirondack Almanack this week (Feb. 28), as was mine (saratogawoodswaters.blogspot.com). I live in busy downtown Saratoga Springs, but still get some pretty interesting avian visitors, including Coopers, sharp-shinned, and red-shouldered hawks. Too bad they haven't managed to scare away the flock of English sparrows. Thanks for your great blog. I'll keep visiting and would be so proud if you'd drop by mine.

Larry Jordan

Excellent post on the Ruffed Grouse Nancy! Great captures too! I hate to see another species in decline. I hope we can turn those statistics around.


Just as I was thinking "that bird is too big for those branches" I read the line you typed on that. Cute :)

The Zen Birdfeeder

Roxanne - that's pretty interesting. I always thought they were pretty shy (and not too bright). Thanks for sharing. Stop by again soon.

Roxanne Thompson

Here in MN, we have had a grouse that was intrigued by people. He was almost a pet. He would come into our garage when the door was open, and follow us around the yard. We had him around for two years, and then he disappeared. I learned alot about ruffed grouse from him! We know it was a him, because we would see him "drumming".

The Zen Birdfeeder

Lana - my grouse wish list is a spruce grouse.
Sally - too bad, huh? Development...
Mon@rch - I've had photo-ops with them before but this was by far the best.
Bob K - thanks much. Stop by again soon!
Kyle - not the same as a partridge, but called a partridge locally. Thanks for your visit and glad you enjoyed.


Great photos and information! We don't get these down here in Texas, so I've never seen one firsthand. Never knew they were the same thing as partridges.

Bob K

Very informative and nice pictures! It means a lot to us who have never seen this bird. Thanks!


Such a stunning bird and I love how it posed for you like that!


I remember when we first moved to Wilton, NY, I could lie in bed on a spring morning and not only hear the Ruffed Grouse, but I could also feel the drumming. Now that we've had a bit of development around us I don't hear it anymore. There is still some good habitat for them but perhaps not enough. Sally


I think I saw a ruffed grouse only once while in Canada (& then, while driving down an exit ramp off the QEW.) Although they may be called partridges, they're not partridges. I've always wanted to see a sage grouse (or any grouse beating their chest as they do.)

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