Wild Ruffed Grouse Wants to Be Around People (video)

Ruffed Grouse (Bonasa Umbellus) are among the wildest birds on the planet. Evolved over eons to avoid avian predators, fox, coyotes and men with shotguns. A private 750 acres in Vermont has been shepherded so that it is a haven for deer, turkey and grouse. Family members are allowed to take a deer but the birds are unmolested. Every once in a while in nature a grouse will show some affinity for humans and seem to want to be close to them. When they exhibit these extraordinary traits, the Grouse will follow a vehicle, a quad and come to the sound of chain saws or equipment in the woods.

Seth Boynick