If I am wrong with the Identification of this bird, please feel free to correct me.
The Ruffed Grouse is also known as the King of Game Birds. It is rugged, swift in flight, and endlessly resourceful. It is a lover of forested hillsides, where humans are few and freedom of range is unlimited.
The nest is no more than a depression in the earth, the female lays 8-12 whitish eggs. Strangest of all about this bird is that come Autumn, they grow “snowshoes”- flexible horny points which spread to prevent sinking in the snow!
Photographed in Swinging Bridge, New York, USA.