Wildlife in winter

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with WHISPERING PINES REALTY 20398180

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. 

 

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Kathy Streib
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William- 5 above?!!  You need to tell Minnesota that it's spring!  That is a beautiful bird!!

Mar 22, 2014 02:01 AM #1
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Juli Vosmik
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Wow, no wonder he blends in with the woods - what coloring.  And, thanks for the info, I didn't know how they could survive and figured they just migrated like the rest of the snowbirds.  

Mar 22, 2014 02:16 AM #2
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Than Maynard
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You mean nature takes care of its own and doesn't need use to protect the wild animals from 'extreme' weather?

Mar 22, 2014 03:07 AM #3
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Great shot Walter. It is amazing how animals adapt to their surroundings, no creature comforts like we are used to.

Mar 22, 2014 04:39 AM #4
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Debbie Laity
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We didn't have any grouse where I grew up, but we did have pheasants, and they would give me the same start when I would come upon them in the woods or fields. I know exactly what you are talking about. 

Mar 22, 2014 10:01 AM #5
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Lou Ludwig
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William

A quiet moment in the woods can bring it's wonders.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Mar 22, 2014 11:15 AM #6
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Bob Crane
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That can be quite a start when those fellows explode out of the snow just a few steps in front of you.

Mar 22, 2014 01:41 PM #7
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Vern Eaton
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Bill, I love when they come flying up to a tree I am in and I can watch them close up.

Mar 23, 2014 06:39 AM #8
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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What a fascinating bird that is, William!  I'm smiling at your sentence, "It was beautiful, almost 5 above."  We've been enjoying temperatures near 80 here in Sacramento.  We could certainly use some rain!

Mar 23, 2014 11:58 AM #9
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Bill, you take ome of the best photo's of Nature of anyone.

Mar 24, 2014 12:58 AM #10
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