Tuesday, March 03, 2009

backyard grouse

Yesterday afternoon, just before sunset, I looked out my back door and saw something in the tamaracks and birches. I took four photos, all blurry, but this one is the best:

Ruffed grouse! There were four of them (only two in the picture) eating buds. These are the first grouse I've seen around the house this year. They do tend to be more visible this time of year for some reason; I recall blogging about them before.

After I took the pictures, Calvin persuaded me to come outdoors to catch while he worked on his slider. It's spring training time, after all!


Heidi said...

Oh good! I've been waiting for the grouse to scoot under the truck, race across the driveway and around the house, and fly into our crabapple tree like they did last year. Maybe that's a March blessing on the way!

Pablo said...

Best. Mom. Ever!

Lynne said...

Playing catch in the snow-
Yep. Great Mom.

Deb said...

Heidi- I hope, after I said this, that they do come out for you. My blog just seems to repeat itself in grouse sightings in early March.

Pablo and Lynne- Thanks. I'm just thrilled that he is so passionate about something. I'm learning a lot about catching, and pitching. I think I'll invest in a catcher's mask. ;)

Jayne said...

Cool! Spring training... just the words makes me smile. :c)

Deb said...

Jayne- I'll post pics tomorrow. Too fun!

LauraHinNJ said...


(Laura shaking her head in awe at the prospect of ruffed grouse as a yard bird.)