Ruffed Grouse

Today was another glorious, bright cold day and so, of course, we went to the Arboretum again … things were very quiet for much of our walk and I was beginning to wonder why I was carrying my heavy lenses when things suddenly got very interesting.

To start with there was a small flock of Cedar Waxwings – not an unduly  rare bird but a beautiful, beautiful bird we always enjoy which allowed some interesting photo opportunities including a fascinating series if images of one of them ‘drinking” snow from the ground.

We then had Nuthatches, a cardinal and assorted other birds commonly seen here – though the Siskins are beginning to become scarce as the days lengthen and the Crossbills have not been around for a week or more now, probably heading back north.

But the star of the show was a chance encounter on the way out of the Arboretum.  we had just driven past the Pines Cottage when a cuple of glossy Crows settled in a tree by the road and I pulled over for pictures (Crow pictures have been thin on the ground in the arbo this winter for some reason) when J squeaked … just beyond them was a pair of Ruffed Grouse (click the link for more information), the male of which was strutting his stuff, ruffing his ruff and generally being very macho.  Pictures galore.  Over the years, we have occasionally heard them in there but only obnece seen one and never before had the chance to get photographs.

So a stellar day – the pictures (the proof) follow:

Ruffed Grouse

Ruffed Grouse

Ruffed Grouse displaying

Ruffed Grouse displaying

White-breasted Nuthatch

White-breasted Nuthatch

Cedar Waxwing

Cedar Waxwing

Cedar Waxwing "drinking" snow

Cedar Waxwing "drinking" snow

Northern Cardinal

Northern Cardinal

Interesting bark

Interesting bark

Nothing special - just a beautiful day

Nothing special - just a beautiful day

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