[Tweeters] Ruffed Grouse on the attack

johntubbs at comcast.net johntubbs at comcast.net
Wed Jun 19 21:57:28 PDT 2013

Hi everyone,

We had a related expe rience years ago when living north of Woodinville.  An 'attack grouse' showed up one day and went after us every time we went outside to get in the car or work in the yard.  We had an indoor cat at the time and the grouse decided the cat needed to be dealt with.  So it started perching on our deck railing and having stare-down contests with the cat.  This was ok with us because it took the bird's attention away from us much of the time.  Well, one day we came home to find the outer pane of our double-pane deck window shattered, and the grouse - quite expired - lay in the middle of the glass pile out on the deck.  The only explanation for the situation was that the grouse decided to dive-bomb the cat and both the bird and the window lost.  I would have liked to have been there to see the cat's reaction - probably took a big leap backwards when the window pane broke.

John Tubbs

johntubbs at comcast.net

Snoqualmie, WA

----- Original Message -----

From: "Rick Taylor" <taylorrl at mindspring.com>
To: "Mark Oberle" <oberle at mindspring.com>, tweeters at u.washington.edu
Sent: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 9:26:17 PM
Subject: RE: [Tweeters] Ruffed Grouse on the attack

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
-----Original Message-----
From: tweeters-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu
[mailto:tweeters-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Mark Oberle
Sent: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 8:38 PM
To: tweeters at u.washington.edu
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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