At first all that I saw was this...
This spruce grouse hen could blend in with the moss pretty well if she wanted to, but she stuck her head up. She could have taken off at that point - flying or running, but she chose to sit tight.
I figured that it must be nap time for the kids and she was up for a little socializing, so I sat down to have a visit. She was happy about the great crop of bugs that were feasting on me, and she said that those bugs are healthy snacks for her kids. She told me that the tips on the blueberry bushes were starting to get too chewy, but the bunchberry blossoms are at a particularly tasty stage. All of this talk about food made me think of a delicious dinner with grouse and red huckleberry sauce, so I tried to steer the conversation to good looking guys. She told me all about one handsome bachelor in the neighborhood.
And she smiled at the thought. It's all in the eyes, see, because it's tough to smile with a beak.
We were about to get into some good girl-talk when one of the kids popped it's head up.
Then the other four woke up. They fluffed their feathers...
...and strutted their stuff...
...and then turned into a whirlwind of activity.
Five Cute Chicks!
Wait...that's barely four of them. Hey, you try to get grouse siblings together for a family portrait!
Here's the other one.
This one needed a little more of a nap. There's always one like that.
Then Mom Grouse said that it was time to go. I thanked her for the nice visit, and she looked a little wistful. Maybe someday we'll get a chance to talk again.
Wishing you a day of happy encounters,
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