Grouse in a tree: Very round birds

These very plump birds were spotted on the Boot Lake Trails. Five of them were perched on a tree, their large size making it seem as though the thin branches would break.

These birds are about as big as a football. They flew away when I got too close.

I believe they are a species of grouse.

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4 responses to “Grouse in a tree: Very round birds

  1. MURRAY KELLY DISTRICT CHIEF,MUSKOKA LAKES F.D.

    I LIVE IN ONTARIO, (NORTH OF BARRIE) WE CALL THESE BIRDS “PARTRIDGE”.

  2. Mmmm… good eating.

  3. Hey Phil, those are an arctic subspecies of sharptailed grouse, . Surprisingly, not much is known about them. Great shots!

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