Tracks

grouse-snow-tracks

We found these tracks in the snow on a recent snowshoe hike in the woods with my brother.  Any guesses on what happened here?  …..  I am quite sure these are grouse tracks, as we often flush these birds out of this area.  What I am not sure about is whether the grouse was taking off or landing.  Note the two wing beats and the one foot that touched down between the feather “tracks”.  The deep pocket would lead me to guess the bird was landing.  What do you think?

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