Family troubles

Kids. They can really be a challenge, especially when you have a lot of them to keep your eye on. The mother grouse we saw in a wildlife preserve on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula was certainly having trouble with her brood.

She and her five chicks were wandering along a little dirt road when she spotted us. She ran for the tall weeds, herding the babies ahead of her. So far so good, except that one straggler got confused and ran the wrong way, into the grass on the opposite side.

20140707AnxiousMotherGrouseMama was worried.

20140707MotherGrouseCallingConfusedBabyShe called and called,

20140707MotherGrouseStartsBackand considered running back to get the lost chick.

20140707MotherGrouseAndSecondStrayUnfortunately, that made a second baby think it was supposed to follow her, and she had to turn around and herd it into the weeds where its brothers and/or sisters were hiding.

20140707UPBabyGrouseFinally the first chick bolted out of its hiding place and joined the others (too fast for me to get a picture), and mama led them all someplace safely out of sight.

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8 responses to “Family troubles

  1. They are a treat to watch.

  2. You might find this cute.

  3. What fun, Sharon.

    janet

  4. What a handful/beakful!

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