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Ruffed Grouse

Bonasa umbellus
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Habitat: Mixed and poplar forests.

Description: Small head crest, mottled reddish or grey-brown with a black shoulder patch, and a dark band on the tail.

Size: 38-78cm long.

Diet: Aspen buds, willow catkins and insects.

Fun Facts: During mating season the male will "drum" or beat the air with his wings while standing on a fallen log.  The vibration can be felt for ong distances in the forest.

Source: Fisher, C. and J. Acorn.  Birds of Alberta.  1998.  Lone Pine Publishing.

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Posted by Tim Hopwood
Posted by Tim Hopwood
Posted by Tim Hopwood

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Smooth brome
Bromus inermis

This long-lived sod forming grass has a deep root system. On newer leaves, you should see an “M” shape.

 

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