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.
With brood, foraging among the creekside alders and coniferous forest between Loney and Upper Loney Meadows
Unfortunately no camera handy. Just one bird observed and no calling.
Round brown placid bird flew onto truck hood, not 15 feet from me; sat a while, then flew to garage roof, where I took these photos. Spotted again, three properties over from us. Can't see tail feathers, could this be a Spruce grouse, Ruffed grouse or Sooty grouse?
anoter bad photo; sorry!
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.