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Monday, November 21, 2011

Winter Fare

Photographing the rose hips the other day made me think of the Ruffed Grouse family, and I wondered how they were doing.  I haven't seen them since late August.  The grouse feed mainly on birch tree catkins and dormant aspen buds as well as twigs, leaves and rose hips during the winter.  In previous years, I have also seen them eating the leftover red currants and saskatoon berries that had dried on the bushes and sunflower seeds under the bird feeders.

Ruffed Grouse Chicks in the garden this past August