RUFFED GROUSE

October 2013: Ruffed Grouse carved from Birch.

Ruffed Grouse
Ruffed Grouse

Carved from Birch - October 2013

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Ruffed Grouse
Ruffed Grouse

Carved from Birch - October 2013

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Ruffed Grouse
Ruffed Grouse

Carved from Birch - October 2013

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Ruffed Grouse

The dappled, grayish or reddish Ruffed Grouse is hard to see, but its “drumming on air” display is a fixture of many spring forests. It can come as a surprise to learn this distant sound, like an engine trying to start, comes from a bird at all. This plump grouse has a cocky crest and a tail marked by a broad, dark band near the tip. Displaying males expose a rich black ruff of neck feathers, giving them their name.