Earlier this week I had been driving slowly along an old dirt road when off to the side I spied what I thought was a Birch Partridge. It appeared to have something wrong with its right wing as it was held up outward and awkwardly from the bird's side. I couldn't get its picture as the bird disappeared in the roadside brush as I stopped. I could hear it calling amid many small cries and rustling sounds there. Standing outside my car
I got a couple of head shots of the bird as it was calling. I also had glimpsed what appeared to be a smaller bird in the brush. It was then that I realized I had come upon a mother bird and her babies. That would explain the awkward 'hurt' wing posture that I had seen the bird assume. The sounds in the underbrush continued for quite a while. At one point the female adult was midway up a small tree still trying to entice her young ones to come to her.
At first I had thought that this bird was a Ruffed Grouse, but there being no appearance of the tufted crest characteristic of this bird I have since concluded that it perhaps was a
rufus morph female Spruce Grouse (Please click the above pictureto enlarge to see the rufus colouring clearly)
I have no ending to this adventure in the wild of a worried mother and her babies. Next week I plan on driving to this area again to see what my camera can find.
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