Here's another grouse story. It was told to me by an elderly Quaker woman
who watched birds from her window all day long.
One day, as she quietly watched, she saw a female grouse with chicks
making their way quietly through the underbrush near her window. Suddenly,
they were threatened by a large hawk (don't know what kind...probably an
accipiter?) That is, the hawk landed facing them and was preparing to attack
when...the male grouse appeared and, ruffed out and standing tall,
confronted the hawk, standing between the hawk and his "family." An unequal
fight appeared likely, but my elderly Quaker friend couldn't stand it, and
rapped on her window to intervene...the hawk flew away and the grouse ran
for cover. No meal for the hawk, another day (or hour) of survival for
grouse and chicks.
I had some trouble believing this story, but the woman who told it
to me was, to say the least, a model of probity.
> From: Linda N. LaPan
> Reply To: Vermont Birds
> Sent: Tuesday, April 5, 2005 6:56 PM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Peregrine/Grousezilla Returns
> Yes Tom, I had this happen a few years ago. It was on a dirt road leading
> Oseetah Lake. The female grouse would chase our cars. One day the grouse
> chasing my car, so I jumped out to video her. She chased me backwards into
> the woods, pecking at my legs, and I had shorts on, so it wasn't fun, but
> couldn't stop laughing.
> Linda LaPan
> Lake Placid, NY
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> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Tom Barber <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Tuesday, April 05, 2005 5:28 PM
> Subject: [VTBIRD] Peregrine/Grousezilla Returns
> I was watching a flock of canada geese flying over the intervale during
> hour when up from near the Ethan Allen Homestead flew a peregrine falcon.
> it neared the geese it thought better of it and veered right over my house
> about 100 feet up, circled above my feeder and moved on. As I parked I
> a robin on the ground next to the car frozen with fear and looking
> up. It stayed there even as I walked within 5 feet of it.
> My wife reported that the ruffed grouse from yesterday had been chasing
> on the street all day. Two of my neighbors had confrontations. They said
> grouse would lower its head like a charging bull and run at cars or
> Has anyone else seen this?
> Tom Barber