[Tweeters] Sooty Grouse on Vashon, can they cross water?

Hal Michael ucd880 at comcast.net
Mon Mar 21 08:52:30 PDT 2016

They're birds and they can fly. We often forget how far that might be. I recall reading about Wild Turkey, and how they couldn't fly more than a few hundred yards. The author mentioned watching one fly across a river in flood; way over a mile.

And, Sooties are aviary birds or at least are available.

Hal Michael
Science Outreach Director, Sustainable Fisheries Foundation
Olympia WA
360-791-7702 (C)
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Jeff Adams on Vashon Island sent me a photo of a Sooty Grouse hanging out in his yard near Colvos Passage. Sooty Grouse were native on the Island and survived up into the 1950’s before becoming extirpated. So this bird is kind of surprise and it’s not like people hatch Sooty Grouse and let them escape, as often happens with bobwhite. Could it have blown over in the storm the weekend before last?

Ed Swan

Nature writer and guide


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