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5/14/05: The Hope Pass Trail is laden with snow up high through at least May. Aspens are plentiful, and so is wildlife. Besides numerous mountain goats and some deer, I also came across this bird, fanning its feathers. I thought it looked too dark to be a ptarmigan, and I was unable to get a closer shot. Can anyone help me out? A quail perhaps?


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desainmeA grouse? they are common in Maine


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I guess you would have recognized a turkey!
Posted May 15, 2005 12:44 pm

Brad SniderRe: A grouse? they are common in Maine

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This picture is about the best look I got at it, so I'm not sure. I have often confused ptarmigans with grouse. It seemed too small to be a turkey, and I must mention this was at about 11,000 feet.
Posted May 15, 2005 12:54 pm

Lee StammRe: A grouse? they are common in Maine

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Grouse and Ptarmigan are closely related, and rather similar in appearance. However, Ptarmigan are generally smaller, and are usually seen at timberline or above, only occasionally in forested areas. Judging from the upright, tail-spread display, and the geographic location and habitat, it is most likely a Blue Grouse.
Posted May 15, 2005 5:03 pm

colintIf it was a ptarmigan


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you would have been able to get a closer shot!
Posted Feb 17, 2006 11:27 pm

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Brad SniderSubmitted by Brad Snider
on May 15, 2005 12:23 pm

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