I took a walk out to my Deer Stand this morning.
It was beautiful, almost 5 above.
I sat quietly watching the woods come alive.
I was watching for a particular visitor.
After about a 1/2 hour here it came.
The Ruffed Grouse is a cool bird.
Very flighty and can fly at very high speeds in a dense woods and dodge all the trees.
This one flew up in a tree only about 15 feet from me and started eating the buds.
It looked at me several times wondering what I was.
In about 15 minutes and 50 photo's later it took off.
I was wondering how this bird made it through the cold. When I was a kid I did find out. I was walking in the woodsand this bird took flight not 5 feet in from of me. It had been under the snow keeping warm.
I have seen this several times always a jolt when I find one.
Nature has a way of protecting it's own.