Sooty Grouse

Dendragapus fuliginosus

ML220811081


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Noah Strycker
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eBird Checklist S66626997
Creswell House
Lane, Oregon, United States
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Latitude and Longitude 43.8949, -122.9291 Map

Age
Not specified
Sex
Not specified
Behaviors
Breeding
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Observation details

This male Sooty Grouse first appeared on our property in spring 2017, and (presumably the same bird) has displayed from the same hillside each spring since (March-May), usually invisible high in a Douglas-fir tree. This morning he was apparently in a feisty mood. As I walked quietly through "his" patch of forest, the grouse started following me in the subcanopy, from tree to tree, with noisy bursts of flight. Eventually I stopped on Wills Road and he kept approaching until he was right over my head, then dropped to the ground and charged! He stalked circles around my feet for a few minutes, making an aggressive vocalization I'd never heard before, then flew back to a high perch and glared while I made my escape. What a weird bird.

Technical Information

Model
Canon EOS 7D Mark II
Lens model
EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM
f-stop
f/5.0
Focal length
234 mm
Shutter speed
1/250 sec
ISO
4000
Flash
Flash did not fire, auto
Original file size
7,848KB
Dimensions
4000 x 2667

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