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Attack of the Mountain Grouse

The little pack of Mountain Grouse we stumbled across while hiking the Iceberg Lake Trail consisted of 4 females and 1 male. The male was being exceptionally aggressive for a little 15 pound bird - probably due to being mating season and all. We heard this bird long before we saw it. And once seen, it refused to get off the trail - and forced his harem of hens to keep going right down the trail - walking right next to us (like within inches or right across our feet). The male had puffed up his feathers to maximum extent - no doubt to make himself seem bigger. For a short moment when this bird stood right below me I had a peculiar idea that it might actually attack me, but it just took a quick look up at me and then moved on (see previous photo).



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