Hi All,

Found a male Spruce Grouse on the Whyte Road about a 1/2 mile east of the Stoney River Forest Road in Lake County (Superior National Forest)

He was picking grit and then flew up into a Tamarack to feed on the needles. I have seen them eat Jack Pine and Black Spruce needles but this was  a first (probably because I usually see them in winter after the Tamarack needles have fallen)

See photo and video here:


Also for future (i.e. winter) reference, the Stoney River Forest Road is closed about 9 miles N of CR11/15. It sounds like the June floods washed out the road. It is closed indefinitely.

So you can drive the northern 6 miles (accessible from Hwy2) or the southern 9 miles (accessible from CR11/15)

Sparky Stensaas 
2515 Garthus Road 
Wrenshall, MN 55797 
218.341.3350 cell 
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