Date: 10/8/17 1:38 pm
From: Stephen Eccles via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Ruffed Grouse in Centreville ?
I had a Ruffed Grouse in Fairfax county which drummed at me, about 25 years
ago.

Neither then nor now should the species be anywhere near here. But birds
have wings!

On Sun, Oct 8, 2017 at 4:24 PM, Deapesh Misra via va-bird <
<va-bird...> wrote:

> Hi,
> While driving around yesterday afternoon in centreville (Fairfax county),
> I saw a few cars stalled on the road and quickly realized that they were
> waiting for a bird to walk across the road.
> I did a quick u-turn to get back to the area where the bird was - this is
> the wooded area close to where I-66 passes above Compton road.
> As my car passed by, I noticed the bird crawling slowly in the bushes. I
> came back on foot and was unable to spot it until I flushed it. It ran away
> from me and then took to its wings and flew at a low height to a few far
> off trees. I think I saw a band on its tail.
> From what little i saw — it seemed like a Ruffed Grouse to me.
>
> Is that possible or could it be some domesticated escapee bird?
> Cheers,
> - Deapesh.
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