April 11, 2014
Even though there is still snow on the ground signs of spring are in the air. While spending time at Cascade River State Park I head the sounds of a ruffed grouse drumming near the campground. I found him drumming on a pile of snow. The log that he typically uses for drumming was buried under the snow.
I did not expect to find a drumming ruffed grouse with all the snow still on the ground. I am sure even the wildlife is anxious for spring to come. The ruffed grouse’s feathers always amaze me with their colorful patterns. Intricate designs are woven into each feather. I pointed the grouse out to several park visitors that came by, as they would not have noticed the grouse otherwise. Few people get a chance to see a ruffed grouse drumming in the wild. It made several peoples day to see this amazing spring ritual.
Paul & Karla
About the Photographer
Paul Sundberg started taking nature photos in the early 1970\’s while serving in the military at Fort Bliss, Texas. Photographing the North Shore became a passion when he and his wife moved to Cascade River State Park in 1976. In 1983 he relocated to Gooseberry Falls State Park which he managed for 28 years.