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!
Cloud's Rest in autumn. Amazing camouflage.
Hen with 3-4 young
Near Cowlitz Divide, Mount Rainier National Park
Four female birds seen being flushed in the wooded area just north of the dam, near the National Forest boundary.
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.