Tuesday, September 23, 2008

A Very Strange Bantam

I was on the phone with one of my customers when I glanced out of the window and saw some movement on the deck. Something rather large and lovely was hopping about out there. I stood up for a better look and was nearly positive one of the bantams from my neighbour's farm had escaped. I quickly excused myself from the call and alerted my husband that we had a guest.

By the time I made it out the back door, the bird had fled. She hopped down onto one of the lower levels of the deck and into a hedgerow. I followed her as best I could, but she eventually ended up under the deck. She was very stressed and frightened, so I thought it best to leave her alone.

She certainly didn't behave like a domestic bird, and once I was close enough to get a good look, I didn't think she really resembled a bantam. Because she's a grouse! A black grouse, to be exact.

Black grouse are a threatened species, but despite this are hunted. I'm not sure if it's grouse season or not, but needless to say, this one won't end up on the dinner table if I can help it. I've put some food out, and I hope she'll return. She appeared to have an injured wing and I'd like to get her some help.


Anonymous said...

Awww, she's a cutie! You got such a beautiful photo of it. My son enjoyed the photo too (he knows more about birds than I do).

Good luck protecting her!

gracefruit said...

Hee! It's another stock photo. The one I saw today was way too fast to snap. And she was terrified!

Anonymous said...

D'oh, you fooled me again! LOL! I thought since she seemed injured, she may have slowed down enough for a nice photo. Oh well, still a good picture. :> We subscribe to Cornell Bird Lab's Living Bird, Audubon magazine, and Birder's World, but we never tire of looking at birds.

gracefruit said...

I wish I could take photos like that. My skills are slightly lacking. :)

There has been no sign of her since yesterday. My hope is that the droopy wing was just a sign of stress and that she's off and happy now.

You should come with us to the north of Scotland for some bird watching some time. Puffins!

Anonymous said...

I would LOVE to come to Scotland again! It's been a while...dh and I went to Ediburgh and drove to the Highlands and Perth back in '90. It's a gorgeous country and the people are so lovely. We'll have to save up and dream. :)

gracefruit said...

We love the Highlands. Most of our family vacations are spent there. If you're ever over this way, I'll act as tour guide. :)

Anonymous said...

I'll take you up on your offer, too! Thanks! xo