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.
I photographed this female Sooty Grouse two years ago. I didn't get a photo today, but I heard two male Sooty Grouses hooting or trumpeting in their deep calls that carry a long distance. Amazing!
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.