[Tweeters] Ruffed Grouse on the attack

Rick Taylor taylorrl at mindspring.com
Thu Jun 20 05:37:41 PDT 2013


Actually, a Dusky Grouse since the split.

Rick

Rick Taylor
Everett, WA

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-----Original Message-----
From: Rolan Nelson
Sent: 6/19/2013 10:05 PM
To: Rick Taylor; 'Mark Oberle'; tweeters at u.washington.edu
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Ruffed Grouse on the attack

Did I hear them say "Blue" Grouse on the video?
 
Blue?  Ruffed?

Rolan Nelson
Fircrest, WA
rnbuffle at yahoo.com


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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 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. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=blj1HTIklm4

Rick


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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