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What grouse eat

Some of the stuff that the PA Ruffed grouse were eating in the fall of 2013.

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18% had nothing in their crops.
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Nice...thanks for posting. What is in the first photo?
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Photo A is Mushrooms. First day of the season.
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Very interesting. What size area was covered for these food sources? Over several counties or in one general area?
Also, What is on the right with the beachnuts in the photo? What are the red berries called? I call them winter berries or green brier berries but not sure thats correct. Thanks for sharing that.
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DAP,
Very interesting. What size area was covered for these food sources? Over several counties or in one general area?
Also, What is on the right with the beachnuts in the photo? What are the red berries called? I call them winter berries or green brier berries but not sure thats correct. Thanks for sharing that.
They are from six different counties. It seems like what was eaten was based more on time of year than location. Early on the mushrooms and greens, later on (when snow covered the ground) more buds.

Photo F has beechnuts and a slug. There were also small slugs in the crop pictured in photo I.

I believe the red berries in photo E are partridge berry. I don't think I've seen winterberry in any of the areas that I've hunted. Some of the areas I hunt do have greenbriar, but their berries are more purple in color.
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Are the photos in chronological order? If so it is very cool to see how their diet changes as the fall progresses.

Thanks for taking the time to do this!
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Are the photos in chronological order? If so it is very cool to see how their diet changes as the fall progresses.

Thanks for taking the time to do this!
The photos are in chronological order.
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I really appreciate this post. Thanks. Doc in Pa.
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