Mama Grouse was riled up protecting her chicks. A whole family of youngin’s just flew into the woods – the chicks were noticabley smaller than the adult, but they could fly already. Her crest feathers are sticking straight up!
This photo almost looks like it was taken in a tropical forest somewhere with an exotic turkey-type bird. But no, it’s just a Ruffed Grouse in our “boreal rainforest”. Ruffed Grouse numbers are definitely up this year.