Seen along with gyrrlfalcon
A highlight of our trip to the Sierras - two Sooty Grouse near the trailhead for Mammoth Rocks
From Ted Beedy.
This is one of two to five Sooty Grouse we saw by the trail. (Not sure if we were re-counting the same two we originally saw.)
In center on rock. At the upper lake of the Chain Lakes.
This Sooty Grouse was alone, not near the hen with chicks. It is much darker, not mottled like the hen, and I think it's a male.
This Sooty Grouse hen had four large babies following her around near the top of Hurricane Hill.
Two other adults and several chicks observed at same time.
The Sooty Grouse (Dendragapus fuliginosus) is a species of forest-dwelling grouse native to North America's Pacific Coast Ranges. It is closely related to the Dusky Grouse (Dendragapus obscurus), and the two were previously considered a single species, the Blue Grouse.