A Sunday drive through Oil Creek State Park turned up six white-tailed deer, including a beautiful and alarmingly brave buck, as well as a ring-necked pheasant, three common mergansers, a couple belted kingfishers and dozens of blue jays and dark-eyed juncos.
But this guy stole the show:
This male ruffed grouse either believed our car was a female or it simply liked showing off. It used about 2 full minutes to cross a one-lane road just feet in front of the car, in full display most of the time. It couldn’t have walked more slowly if it was dragging a Olympic weight.
The creek was high but barely tinted. It appears to be very fishable today.