[Tweeters] Ruffed Grouse on the attack

Rick Taylor taylorrl at mindspring.com
Wed Jun 19 21:26:17 PDT 2013

A couple of years ago, my brother had a 'guard grouse' on the road into his
cabin in Colorado. It attacked everyone that came down the road - on foot,
on a bike, in a jeep. One of his buddies made this video of the 'guard
grouse' in action.



Rick Taylor
Everett, WA
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Subject: [Tweeters] Ruffed Grouse on the attack

I did my second BBS route (White Chuck) last week in the Cascades. At stop
19 (48 deg. 04.864'N, 121 deg 23.612' W) I got out of the car at a gravel
road cut where USFS had mined gravel for
the road bed. It was maybe 30 feet to the nearest vegetation. I had
the car door open and heard a faint, low pitched noise "whaaaoo" that almost
sounded like my creaky car door. Then I felt a tapping on my boot. It was a
Ruffed Grouse.

It made that noise and periodic tapping during the 3 minute BBS stop.
Then I walked away from the car and it followed me for 15 feet. I got back
in the car after snapping the photo. Then I drove off. The bird followed me
down the USFS road for maybe 150 feet, clearly feeling proud of itself for
having driven the giant out of its territory.

Mark Oberle
Seattle, WA
oberle at mindspring.com

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