Hillscreek Posted April 15, 2017 Share Posted April 15, 2017 There was big thump on the window pane in the next room. Angus barked and ran to check. Came to meet me and tell me about it. I looked and saw a ruffed grouse on the grass. He must had seen a reflection in the window and flown up to challenge it. Ruffed grouse are very territorial. He hit the window. He broke his neck. I grieved as I went to check him and then remove his body down to the woods. A fox would eat him later. Angus wanted him for supper now of course. Very cross I took him away. He sniffed and sniffed the spot afterwards. The grouse was beautiful in his spring costume with the rich brown and tan and orange, with his perfect black ruff that he can raise round his head and his head feathers he can also raise up and his colorful tail which he can spread wide to impress the ladies. He often sits on a log like in the pic and beats his wings hard. They make a drumming sound proclaiming the area is his property. Did not want to post his death picture here to sadden people so here's a picture of our PA State bird alive - the ruffed grouse. Our bird may have passed but his spirit will continue and more will be born this spring to continue his heritage as one of the birds native to the US. 5 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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