I got lucky when I was out looking for elk near Clam Lake Wisconsin and photographed three different ruffed grouse.
I found this grouse sitting on the fresh snow in beautiful morning light.
I would have never noticed this grouse perched in the tree if it hadn't flown across the road in front of my car. I love ruffed grouse and the great colors and patterns of their feathers. With or without elk, my day was a huge success having found these birds.