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.
Mama was worried.
She called and called,
and considered running back to get the lost chick.
Unfortunately, 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.
Finally 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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