Red Grouse Lagopus (lagopus) scoticus

Although never coming close to my neck of the woods (Norfolk), this is the most familiar grouse of the British Isles and one of our very few endemic bird forms.

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male and female Red Grouse, Cumbria/Co Durham border (UK), 30th December 2011

 

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male and female Red Grouse, Lochindorb (Highland, UK), 17th March 2014 - a lot of variation in how dark the males were but the one three rows up was the most extreme; with it's pale shoulder patch (which I didn't notice in the field) I suppose I should have considered Black Grouse hybrid but with no other structural or plumage anomalies I assume it wasn't

 

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male Red Grouse, Lewis (Outer Hebrides, UK), 16th May 2004

 

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male Red Grouse (2 birds), Lochindorb (Highland, UK), 1st May 2007