Grouse in the Winter

I was in the back yard trying to get a picture of a Downy Woodpecker. Over my head, through huge gently falling flakes of snow, I see a large bird flying toward the house.  I hear a thump and spin to take a look. It happened so fast. it was spinning and flapping  so I thought it was a hawk with a dove in its claws bouncing off and over the roof. But, it was this Grouse. It successfully landed in the front yard. It looked a little stunned. I snapped this shot before I got too close. I took a step closer and it started running across the yard. It seemed like it was ok. It sure is a beautiful bird. Really lovely colours.

Has a good story to tell when it gets home.


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