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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The Little Drummer…

43 degrees - 11:59 am - cloudy, foggy, raining...

When the dreary winter days feel like they will last forever and we will never see the sun again – I find myself longing for any sign that spring may be nearing.

For me, one of the exciting and heartwarming “signs of spring” is the little drummer – aka the Ruffed Grouse...  and lately we have been seeing Ruffed Grouse everywhere.

I haven’t heard the little drummers yet... but soon enough we should start hearing that unusual mating call; the courting ritual of the forest birds, that strangely enough you feel more than hear.  It’s an unmistakable “thump………thump……thump…whir-r-r-r-r!” of a male ruffed grouse “drumming.”

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