October 15 2006


Caught on the Cam this little Sharptail out in the driveway. At first she was just getting gravel I think for her craw. This time of the year they seem to do that a great deal. I think to make sure they have enough when the snow covers everything. Then she started to feed. I watched her for quite a while out the window. They sure are pretty birds.

4 Responses to “Grouse”

  1. QuillDancer says:

    Uhm … tasty, too, with a little wild rice ….

    Now you think I am a barbarian. Sigh

  2. sandy says:

    Is a grouse the same bird as a ptarmigan?

  3. Robert W Gilcrease says:

    Sandy, The answer is no. A ptarmigan is a different bird. We have three types of grouse in the interior of Alaska. The Sharptail, the Willow Grouse, the Ruffed Grouse. The ptarmigan Birds turn almost completely white in wth the change of season. If I get a chance I’ll try to photograph one for you. I don’t see them much around here, because you usually find them in the high country instead of down here in the boreal forest.

  4. pattifl says:

    Being from South Florida I thought that grouse was a partridge or maybe a big quail. What do we know in the lower 48?!

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