Many more people hear Grouses in Connecticut than see them. They are fans of the second growth forests and for a while that was an uncommon environment in Connecticut. They are most often heard and not seen. People can often hear the drumming in the distance. That's the best way to find them around a forest. Finding them in Connecticut can be a challenge but a worthwhile one.
As some of you know, I placed them on my list of goal birds for this year. Hearing them drum and then finding them in the open was a real thrill. It is often such a thrill to see awesome birds in the wild. I can't help but be more and more excited for the next adventure! In meantime, get outside and go birding!
The Grouse crossing the Road
The Grouse kept his eye on me...
And then left giving me some great shots!
Wild Bird Wednesday - Link here
Ruffed Grouse is a 2014 Goal Bird
AllAboutBirds - Ruffed Grouse