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[pct-l] Spruce Grouse
Here's an account of my Washington spruce grouse
encounter that I wrote soon after the incident.
Less than a mile from the
Canadian border I came upon the grouse just standing
in the trail. When I stopped, it walked up to me,
stepped over my foot and passed me on the trail. I
squatted down and rested my pack on the uphill side of
the trail. The bird stayed within my reach while
making a low churring noise.
I have tons of Spruce Grouse pictures, but when I
have one of these encounters, I can't seem to help
myself. I have to take a picture.
After getting my Spruce Grouse fix, I stood up
and headed for the border. The beer in my pack that I
had carried from Stehekin wasn't getting any colder.
About three steps later the bird ran up behind me and
grabbed my left gaiter in its beak. I kept walking,
but it turned its attention to the back of my pant
I stopped, and the bird stopped its assault. It then
allowed me to reach down under it with my hand and
gently toss it off the trail, but as soon as I started
hiking, it resumed its assault.
I tossed it off the trail two more times On the
last toss, I ran down the trail. I paused once to
look back and saw the grouse legging it for all it was
worth after me. It finally gave up after about 50
yards. At least now I know that I can out run a
About 50 more yards down the trail, I came upon a
hen with a single chick. Neither one had any interest
in getting out of the trail when I walked up to them.
It's amazing that these things aren't extinct.
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