I'm half kidding. I doubt that this ruffed grouse is anyone's pet, but I've certainly never known one to act so tame before.
I was just backing out of a driveway (today was an assignment day), when this grouse ran across the lawn. Then it stopped running, and began walking slowly toward the car.
It kept coming toward the car, and I even moved forward a bit, and rolled down the window so I could take pictures. It wasn't even bothered enough to raise it's crest, but kept walking toward the car. I decided to chance getting out, to try for better pictures.
That's a good one! Notice the black line across the tail with no break near the middle. That means it's very likely a male. I guess that makes sense with how bold it was. I'm only about 10 feet away from it at this point. Before it turned around I actually wondered if it was going to charge me.
I think he's asking me for confirmation that his feathers are gorgeous!
I'm better again tonight. Sore throat almost gone, and despite a very full work day, I feel good.
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