24 June 2024


Sunday, December 17th, 2017
Ruffed Grouse, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 17 December 2017.

Ruffed Grouse.

A curious thing happened at Beech Hill today. For the third time in a matter of weeks, I heard the booming of a Ruffed Grouse—the only times I’ve ever heard this dramatic thumping territorial display outside of spring. Well, today I managed to divine the direction of the sound—and caught a glimpse of a flapping wing in a tangle of brush by the road.

Crept through the snow with Jack behind me. Paused and waited. Sure enough, the bird emerged, and we had a brief, silent standoff.

One of the coolest things that’s ever happened to me.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 10:15 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)
2. American Crow*
3. Ruffed Grouse
4. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)
5. American Goldfinch
6. Yellow-rumped Warbler


7. White-throated Sparrow

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere


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