Historic Hood River
It’s funny how you can look at a photo a dozen times and not really see it. I was looking for some truck logos for another project when I noticed the great details of this 1945 Alva Day photo. The boy is releasing grouse raised by the Oregon Game Commission into the wild. If you look closely there is a smudge below the boy’s stick which is all the camera could capture of a freshly liberated grouse. His or her companion is roosted on the top of the door, seemingly looking for a ride back to town.
A friend and I were attacked by one of their descendants while we were laying out a trail east of town. Male grouse are very territorial, and this one did not like the idea of a “highway” bringing humans through his home turf.
A couple of months later we found a pile of feathers at the same spot. I suspect he tried the same routine with a coyote and came up short.