Could this bird be an escapee who has bonded with humans?
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From: "Tom Barber" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Friday, April 08, 2005 7:06 PM
Subject: [VTBIRD] Tree Sparrow and More Grouse
A tree sparrow was competing with a song sparrow for seed beneath the feeder
late this afternoon.
When I got home, the ruffed grouse, which has taken up residence beneath
three large cedars across the street, next to a small woodlot, ran over and
up the lawn to within two feet of me. He walked back and forth with his neck
and upper back feathers in full ruffle, clucking very softly.
Does anyone have an explanation for this behavior?