Wednesday, April 27, 2011

International Year of Forests

Spruce Grouse
(Click to view on Flickr)

I spotted this Spruce Grouse (Falcipennis canadensis) while walking along the Denali park road, about a mile past the Teklanika river. There was a female with him, but she was at a bad angle through the trees, so no good shots of her.

Wikipedia says: "The Spruce Grouse has great confidence in its camouflage, and will often stay still even when approached within a metre (3 ft). It is this characteristic that has earned them the nickname "Fool Hens" or in Alaska, "Stupid Chicken"."

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