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Ruffed Grouse – Welcome to a photographic journey through the woods, fields and marshes of New England

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On really cold nights, if there are at least 10 inches of snow on the ground, ruffed grouse seek shelter from the cold by diving into snowbanks, where they are not only protected by the insulating blanket of snow, but camouflaged as well. Once they’ve landed, they often burrow further into the snow for even more protection, and have been known to remain there several days. When they leave these shelters, there is often a pile of scat that has accumulated during their stay.

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