Adding to previous posts, here's another photo of a Ruffed Grouse snow
shelter. I think I was at least as startled as the bird when it flew out at
my feet! (This is my first try at posting to the VT eBird Flickr site; hope
it can be seen OK.)
- Scott Schwenk
On Thu, Feb 10, 2011 at 5:06 PM, Patti Haynes <[log in to unmask]>wrote:
> Have any of you seen evidence that Ruffed Grouse actually burrow in the
> I have just started reading *Winter World* by Bernd Heinrich. In his
> on snow and subnivian space he claims that Grouse and other birds actually
> burrow under the snow: -- " in the Maine woods I routinely find over thirty
> fecal pellets (in these snow shelters) where a ruffed grouse has spent the
> night. Often these birds also stay the day in their shelter, because on
> snowy, cold days I have flushed them out from underfoot under the snow even
> at noon."
> I have seen snow accumulate on birds, but I had never heard of them
> burrowing in it.
> Your thoughts or observations?
> Moretown Village