Grouse in crab apple tree

OK, not quite the same as ♫A Partridge In A Pear Tree♫, but close enough.  I’ve been seeing a pair of grouse (grice?) foraging under the thorn tree but this morning they were up in one of the crab apples. The second picture shows one clearly eating the apples.

Grouse in crab apple tree
Grouse in crab apple tree
Grouse eating crab apple
Grouse eating crab apple

They’re a fairly heavy bird for those thin branches so a lot of wobbling going on.  Not as bad as last year when the turkeys were in the high-bush cranberry (which unfortunately won’t happen this year because sawfly larvae  ate all the flowers and, since they came back again when the bush had leafed out again, may have killed the bush).

Author: Eric Lawton

Eric is a natural philosopher living in rural Ontario

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