While the male of the species is noisy and boisterous, female grouse are even more defensive of their territory.
If the hen fails to lure an intruder away by feigning an injured wing at first, she will turn and confront a threat, no matter the size.
I wonder at what point in the evolutionary process did members of the wild kingdom such as grouse, the killdeer and others, first learn to feign injury, to fake, and deceive as a matter of survival?
I was once attacked by a female grouse defending her brood, while walking a woodland trail with a 16-foot guideboat on my shoulders.
She stood in the trail, puffed up her chest, fanned her tail and refused to let me pass. When I attempted to go around her, she pecked me in the shin, and chased after me.
I was the equivalent of an elephant to an infant, yet she refused to give way. She continued hissing and faking attacks until I hopped into the truck.
For travelers who prefer not to go face to tail feathers with a mother grouse, there are better things to see and do this weekend.
Historic vehicles return to the Adirondack History Center
Possibly one of the finest events in the region will be hosted in Elizabethtown, as the Adirondack History Center again hosts the Antique & Classic Car Show to celebrate the opening of their newest exhibit: The Human Face of theAdirondacks in the Civil War.
The grand opening of the exhibit will be held in conjunction with the car show on Saturday June 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Collectors and enthusiasts from around the region will have a collection of some of the finest vintage and restored vehicles on display. There will be a lot of ‘50’s, ‘60’s and 70’s muscle cars as well as roadsters, hot rods, vintage jeeps, and pickups. Local fire departments will also have antique fire trucks on display. The event will include, food, drink, prizes and a raffle for $1,000 in gas.
Joe Hackett is a guide and sportsman residing in Ray Brook. Contact him at email@example.com.