crossing the road.
a group of turkeys some grazing, others not
This is a male plain chachalaca. He and his two female friends along with this years chick frequent my backyard daily.
It's a little tough to see the tracks well, but they're game bird tracks a little shy of 2" long, with beefy toes. The only one up here is Ruffed Grouse, and a couple of them flew off as I approached.
about 10 to a dozen - looked mostly like females - all resting under bushes
Riverside County, California, US
Galliformes is an order of heavy-bodied ground-feeding birds, which includes turkey, grouse, chicken, New and Old World quail, ptarmigan, partridge, pheasant, and the Cracidae. The name derives from "gallus," Latin for "cock" or "rooster". Common names are gamefowl or gamebirds, landfowl, gallinaceous birds or galliforms. "Wildfowl" or just "fowl" are also often used for Galliformes, but usually these terms also refer to waterfowl (Anseriformes), and occasionally to other commonly hunted birds. This group has about 290...