Courting male Blue Grouse along the road to Sunrise July 14, 2011.

A strutting, hooting show!

A couple of weeks ago I had a friend visit from Maine. We took a day trip to Sunrise on Mt. Rainier the see the remaining snow and enjoy the sights. On the way back down the male Blue Grouse was strutting in the middle of the road. As we approached he move off to a nearby snow bank, puffed up his cheek sacks and started his hooting mating call. He posed for a few quick photos before me moved off into the underbrush. What a show and what a thrill.

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