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.
female Pacific Blue
Here is a Dendragapus fuliginosus (Sooty Grouse) hen with one of her three chicks, standing in the gravel road on the way to Tunnel Creek. They then flew off into the forest. A couple of weeks ago we heard a male Sooty Grouse with its trumpeting call.
Drumming. Not obs
Very low frequency sound - may need headphones to hear it.
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.