As much as it pains me to post this photo, I know someone on here will know what this bird is. When I returned from town today I found it on the walkway not far from livingroom window so I suspect it flew into it. I have narrowed it down to one in my mind but am not sure at all. The coloration is really stunning and it breaks my heart.
It is a Ruffed Grouse. They are indeed beautiful birds.
Thanks! I was way off, should have know that.
Agree with Denis and your take on the beauty of the bird. Do you have Mountain Ash near your home? This is the time of year when Grouse can overeat, or eat fruit that's slightly fermented. Flight becomes difficult and they tend to crash into houses.. windows, etc.
A number of years ago, we had 2 individuals run into our house, house, not windows. One on the front and one on the back at the same time....thump,thump. I hope not to offend anyone but they tasted good!
There are several Mountain Ash across the road in a neighbors yard. Mostly all we have left on our property are a few chokecherries. It may well have hit the house. I couldn't find any marks on the window at all and the bird had just a hint of blood on its beak.
Not offended at all, growing up there was nothing better than that fried partridge or better yet the stew!
Grouse are particularly bad at avoiding obstacles like buildings and vehicles or at least it seems so.
I frequently see them dead along roads.
Your bird might have impacted a vehicle while travelling to or from those cross-road berry trees.
Incidentally, your bird is the Gray colour phase. The other phase is red .
The colour difference is most apparent in the tail feathers between the rump and the black tail band.
Thank you for that information, I was kind of wondering about that and also if there is an obvious difference between male and female.
Yes, there is a difference.
Your bird appears to be a male with a complete black band on its tail and black feathers on the sides of its neck.
Females have a gap in the middle of that band.
If you are fortunate to see the male displaying, you will see him erect the black feathers on each side of his neck.
They form a nearly complete black ruffled collar around his neck. Hence the name: Ruffed Grouse.