You never know what you’ll see at our feeders. In the winter months over the past three years we have been graced with the presence of Ruffed Grouse at our feeders. We’ve had as many as 12 at a time, but the usual is 2-5.
Ruffed Grouse get their name because during courtship the mail displays by fluffing out his neck feathers and he also fans out his tail like a tom turkey.
To help them survive the cold, snowy winter weather they have special adaptations on their toes that act like snowshoes.