January 13, 2013 at 12:21 am Leave a comment

Neat story about meeting a Ruffled Grouse at the Beaver Lake Nature Center near Syracuse, by Wandering the Tug.
Located just 15 minutes northwest of Syracuse, New York, in Baldwinsville, Beaver Lake Nature Center offers 9 miles of trails, 200 species of birds and over 800 varieties of plants.
Great article in the Syracuse paper on winter activities at the Nature Center: http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2013/01/lysanders_beaver_lake_nature_c.html

Wandering the Tug (Tug Hill)

bird419grouse3941(Borrowed from Alfred Hitchcock).  This is not really about Tug Hill, but the place I like to visit most often when I am not on The Tug.  Beaver Lake Nature Center near Baldwinsville NY.  They have a beautiful lake, some great trails, lots of wildlife, especially wild geese, and a host of family activities.  When I pass on, I want to have a bench dedicated there in my memory.

Anyway, I was hiking a trail there recently and encountered a beautiful Ruffed Grouse who appeared to be without fear.  He allowed me a few photo opps, and hung around for quite a while while I chatted with other visitors and pointed him out.  He would come out on the trail and circle around us, then wander into the woods a bit before circling back.

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Now I have known the grouse, or partridge, or ‘pa’tidge’, for many years, hunted them with…

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