Drummer Boy – Ruffed Grouse
Limited Edition of 100, 25″ x 18.5″ – $150.00
Open Edition 8″ x 10″ – $30.00
In the field both male and female ruffed grouse look alike to the casual onlooker. During certain times it is easy to determine the sex as male grouse do not incubate eggs and female grouse do not drum. Typically the male weighs more, has a heavier head and thicker body, and has a longer neck ruff and tail. Also, the band on the center two tail feathers of the cock is usually solid whereas on the hen the band is broken.
In the composition, “Drummer Boy”, a male grouse has tail spread for support and counter-balance as he rotates the wings during drumming to create a vacuum so that the air rushes in to produce a series of thunderclaps. Having attracted another bird, he will put on a full display – glowing red eye patch, fanned tail, erect ruffs, dropped wings and a strutting posture. If this bird is an intruding male, he is likely to respond just as aggressively; however, if this bird is a receptive female, she will respond submissively. Her slimmed plumage identifies her sex. Eventually her receptive pose of wings spread slightly invites the “drummer boy” off his log. Copulation attempts usually follow directly.