Four female birds seen being flushed in the wooded area just north of the dam, near the National Forest boundary.
A brilliant male Sooty Grouse showing his characteristic yellow throat sac and grayish band on the tail.
Found walking along the North Fork Skokomish Trail in the Olympics with 2 baby chicks. Did not seem to concerned with us.
Flushed a mother and her little brood in the woods.
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
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.