Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Quit Grousing Around

I've written on the Unicorn effect several times in this blog.  But the thrill of the hunt and ecstasy of victory are simply too much to ignore.  For a long time, ground birds presented me with great difficulty.  The problem here in the Northeast is that several populations are declining and some have been expatriated from the region.  For those that remain, several enjoy being secretive and elusive.

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


  1. Congratulations!!!! These are tricky birds for me as well. It's a bit overwhelming actually because I know how difficult they are to spot. I'm crossing my fingers that this year I'll spot the Sage or Dusky Grouse. Happy birding!

  2. HI great find and wonderful that you were able to take a few shots of it. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Cool bird and a great sighting... Thanks for sharing, have a happy day!