On the road one adult and 5 babes..
saw it run across dirt road, followed into brush where ~8 other female grouse were that all of course fled when I entered the area
Startled into tree. Perhaps young in brush.
Observed in same area as a previous posting so could be the same bird. It appears a second bird is on the ground in the second pic.
Flew up to tree from tall grass-maybe has nest nearby.
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.