Hi everyone and welcome back to our bird of the day! Today it is the “ruffed grouse”. Sometimes people mistakenly say ruffled grouse, and are often referred to as partridge, which they are not. These birds are well camouflaged as you can see. They prefer areas with some deciduous trees such as poplars, birch and alders. They eat leaves, buds and tender twigs, plus flowers and berries in summer. The chicks will eat insects at first but by late summer switch to the adult diet. Often they are first spotted when they burst into a noisy flight which can be quite startling. Lots of deep, soft snow is good for these birds because they dive into the snow to sleep at night where they are safe and warm. They breed in spring and the female lays up to 12 eggs. Mortality is high for chicks however and half of females never raise any chicks to adulthood. They have many enemies such as hawks, owls, fox, wolves, coyotes, lynx, bobcat and people. Still, they are a common forest bird and live from coast to coast in Canada and from Alaska to northern Georgia and down into Colorado. Have a wonderful day and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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