More signs of spring

Ruffed Grouse

Ruffed Grouse

This Ruffed Grouse is in full display mode.

Ruffed Grouse in display

Ruffed Grouse in display

I couldn’t see the female he was displaying to, but he was so worked up, he looked like he was panting.

Ruffed Grouse backside

Ruffed Grouse backside

Here’s a view you usually don’t see photographed, but even his backside is beautiful. I love to look at the pattern in the feathers.

Now, I wonder if this is a “red phase” Ruffed Grouse. Compare him to theĀ  GrouseĀ in this photo:

Ruffed Grouse, gray morph

Ruffed Grouse, gray morph

Wow, the difference is remarkable!
Ruffed Grouse stand-off

Ruffed Grouse stand-off

And now when I look at this photo that I took last spring, it looks like the Grouse on the right is a ‘gray’ morph and the one on the left might be a ‘red’ morph.
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2 Responses to More signs of spring

  1. OMG! These are wonderful! I’ve only ever seen the male display once and it was at a distance. Very nice photos to compare the color morphs. It’s hard to believe these birds can change their appearance so drastically.

    • Vacation says:

      The goofy Grouse seem like they display like this at the oddest times – in the fall they’ll display and even drum, then they take a break during the cold winter months, then in the spring they’re at it again. I haven’t heard any drumming yet, but then I’ve been in the house a lot.

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