By: Pat Coate
A friend from the bird club and I spent a Saturday morning birding at Allegany State Park where we came across a pair of ruffed grouse feeding on the buds of this tree. I had never seen a ruffed grouse in a tree before and I must say it was a much more pleasant way to see them than the usual encounters with these birds. The normal encounter, of course, occurs while hiking when your peaceful bliss is briefly but emphatically interrupted by a sudden burst of feathers and squawking that for sure reduces your life expectancy by a few weeks.
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