Spruce Grouse display

Spruce Grouse

Spruce Grouse

Last Thursday, I spent over an hour with a very cooperative “displaying” Spruce Grouse.

Spruce Grouse

Spruce Grouse

He spent all his time flying back and forth from one pre-determined branch to the ground.

Spruce Grouse

Spruce Grouse

 I think he may have fallen in love with the click of the shutter of my camera as he would puff up and click his tail in response. Or he could have thought it was another male Grouse challenging him.

Spruce Grouse display

Spruce Grouse display

Immeadiately before he would fly up, he would flick his wings once. Here is he preparing to flick his wings.

Spruce Grouse

Spruce Grouse

Only one time would he flutter his wings, then he would hesitate for a second before flying up to his perch. It was a great thundering sound when he flew up.

Spruce Grouse

Spruce Grouse

He would spread his tail and then quickly snap it shut, making a clicking sound. He took a little rest at one point and I watched as he ate Jack Pine needles.

Spruce Grouse

Spruce Grouse

Eventually, I stood right on his lek and he flew directly at me. I thought he was going to land on my head, but he lit just to my right on the ground – I could have reached out and touched him. He then cocked his head to the side and stared up at me. We looked at each other for a few seconds then he walked away to once again fly up to his favored branch. Back and forth he would go, over and over again, landing right next to me and then walking away to fly up to his branch.
 
At one point, a group of 6 Boreal Chickadees worked their way through the Jack Pine. It was fun to hear their spring song mixed in with their “chick-a-day, days”. Other birds heard were Ruby-crowned Kinglet and Hermit Thrush.

 I had been waiting to see the “flight display” for some time. I heard the thunder of wings in the silent woods and that is what attracted my attention. I saw the bird through the trees and thought I might spook him as I thrashed through the brush. He didn’t spook at all and I think he thought the shutter noise of my camera was another male clicking his tail. It was tons of fun!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zyh_w-MH2QI&feature=related

 

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2 Responses to Spruce Grouse display

  1. Lynne at Hasty Brook says:

    Dee, that is such an amazing series of photos!

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