It was the blue grouse...now I don't know what it is...obscurus? fuliginosus?
female foraging on vegetation
Borough of Juneau, Alaska
7 August 2008
Glacier Nat. Park, Montana
19 June 2001
Olympic N.P., WA
4 June 1999
one shot of a male and two shots of females.
Sooty Grouse (Dendragapus fuliginosus)
Naches Peak Loop Trail
about 1700 meters (5600 feet elevation)
William O. Douglas Wilderness
Female Grouse, Lower Enchantments
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.