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Spruce grouse (Falcipennis canadensis) Moose bog, VT. Sep 3, 2019 Falcipennis canadensis,Geotagged,Spruce grouse,Summer,United States Click/tap to enlarge PromotedCountry intro

Spruce grouse (Falcipennis canadensis)

Moose bog, VT. Sep 3, 2019

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  1. Great photo of a hard to see bird. Posted 4 months ago
    1. Thanks! This is THE place to see them in Vermont, and I was really hoping to find one. I was walking slowly, scanning the ground and fallen stumps, and I still only saw him when he moved, only a couple meters away from me! He looked at me for a good long while and finally took off. But then I spotted him again a bit farther down, still right by the path. So that time I moved much more slowly and stayed a bit farther away so as not to spook him. He relaxed and I got to watch him eat blueberries for a good long while, and finally left him to his patch.
      One of my best encounters with a forest game bird. :)
      Posted 4 months ago
      1. Cool, great description. I have seen these twice - both times from a car and they happened to be crossing the road ahead of it - total luck! Posted 4 months ago
        1. Haha exactly! That's been my most common experience with quail and the like as well! Posted 4 months ago
          1. Awesome encounter and description, Thibaud! I just saw one for the first time a couple weeks ago - in New Hampshire! I didn't manage to get a photo though. Posted 4 months ago
            1. No way, that's awesome! In the white mountains? Also, do you use ebird? Posted 4 months ago
              1. Crazy, right?! Yes - white mountains. I was in Vermont this past weekend, but didn't go as far north as you did. I don't use ebird, but just checked it out and think I'll sign up! Posted 4 months ago
                1. Awesome! I've been to the white mountains a couple times, and I just love them, the forests are just so beautiful.
                  As for ebird, great! I've found it a very neat tool when planning roadtrips. I'll look at the brightest hotspots along the route and plan stops there. Besides the birds, they're usually protected areas, which make for lovely little nature walks.
                  Posted 4 months ago
                  1. The white mountains are totally awesome, but I tend to prefer Vermont and Maine.

                    ebird sounds awesome! I love birds and would like to have more encounters!
                    Posted 4 months ago
                    1. Plus, that's your backyard, right? This was my first time in Vermont so I barely got a taste, but I do love the coastline of Maine :)
                      You're in luck, then! Especially in the US, where the bulk of the users are, it's almost ridiculous how much easier it makes looking for specific birds! And if you have any questions, feel free to shoot me message.
                      Posted 4 months ago
                      1. It is my backyard. I'm only a couple hours away. The mountains are better in NH, but I like that VT is less crowded. I love the coastline of Maine as well, plus the forests - Baxter and the Allagash are amazing. Posted 4 months ago

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The spruce grouse or Canada grouse is a medium-sized grouse closely associated with the coniferous boreal forests or taiga of North America. It is one of the most arboreal grouse, fairly well adapted to perching and moving about in trees. When approached by a predator, it relies on camouflage and immobility to an amazing degree, for example letting people come to within a few feet before finally taking flight, a behavior that has earned it the nickname "fool's hen".

Similar species: Chicken-like Birds
Species identified by Thibaud Aronson
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By Thibaud Aronson

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Uploaded Sep 11, 2019. Captured Sep 3, 2019 04:50 in Unnamed Road, Island Pond, VT 05846, USA.
  • Canon EOS 7D Mark II
  • f/7.1
  • 1/166s
  • ISO6400
  • 401mm