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^MtnMike^
06-08-2005, 06:03 PM
Can anyone tell me what kind of bird this is?
(click photo for large picture):
http://home.maine.rr.com/mcschell/bird_sm.jpg (http://home.maine.rr.com/mcschell/bird.jpg)

I took this photo today in the col between Jackson and Webster. The bird was cautious but didn't seem very afraid of me.

Thanks,
^MtnMike^

Gris
06-08-2005, 06:05 PM
Male Spruce Grouse. Like this. (http://community.webshots.com/photo/87132242/87700053NYohqq) :D

TMax
06-08-2005, 06:09 PM
Very cool picture MtnMike :) , were you that close or did you have a zoom lense?

^MtnMike^
06-08-2005, 06:41 PM
I zoomed in for that picture. He was about 4 feet in front of me. :)

Thanks for the ID Gris!
^MtnMike^

sardog1
06-08-2005, 08:32 PM
The bird was cautious but didn't seem very afraid of me.

Hence one of the vernacular names for
Falcipennis canadensis : "Fool's Hen." Unlike his cousin, the Ruffed Grouse (Bonasa umbellus), the Spruce Grouse will tolerate an approach close enough to be dangerous for this semi-tasty wild chicken. (Yes, it tastes like chicken, but occasionally a little affected by its diet.) The Ruffed Grouse is tastier and more wary.

The Spruce Grouse is one of my personal "place birds," i.e, a bird that defines for me a memory of a particular place. In this instance, it's the Minnesota--Ontario border country, where my sister and I used to mock-stalk them while on canoe trips.

HikerBob
06-08-2005, 09:50 PM
How about THIS ONE (http://groups.msn.com/_Secure/0XACTAtYeC*MCBeB2alQXAFXij1hc9vRNKmS8oURAawssyQAAK mRYrTor01pFnqozBO9NjBMd8kTFJNlr5TOIjXtV11XCHlpFmjk PLO!djcW2eXhaGeQnl2DEucH14sFrSQ7O8gQThZ0/letsflyawaycomeflywithmeSM.jpg) ????

:D

For more oddities you hope never to meet on the trail, check out the guys site at www.humandescent.com (http://www.humandescent.com) Truly bizzare.

Bob

Puck
06-09-2005, 07:48 AM
How about THIS ONE (http://groups.msn.com/_Secure/0XACTAtYeC*MCBeB2alQXAFXij1hc9vRNKmS8oURAawssyQAAK mRYrTor01pFnqozBO9NjBMd8kTFJNlr5TOIjXtV11XCHlpFmjk PLO!djcW2eXhaGeQnl2DEucH14sFrSQ7O8gQThZ0/letsflyawaycomeflywithmeSM.jpg) ????

:D

For more oddities you hope never to meet on the trail, check out the guys site at www.humandescent.com (http://www.humandescent.com) Truly bizzare.

Bob

That is a female CoyFinch. Stop putting Alpo in your bird feeder and they will move on to your neighbor's garbage the feral cats.

forty8
06-09-2005, 08:50 AM
I ran into the same bird (well, one just like it) on Lend-A-Hand on Sunday. My picture didn't come out nearly as well.

woodstrider
06-09-2005, 12:21 PM
Great picture Mike.

These birds are not very shy and I've gotten up close to them on more then one occassion. Once on the AT near Twin Mtn (Whites), a male attacked my feet. They can be very territorial. But your shot is picture perfect.