Some of these encounters are just too good to be true.
Having to square up with a grouse is one of those times. It’s just such a funny sight… to see such a small game bird charging in with no fear at all.
The wood grouse, also known as the western capercaillie, is a large bird that lives in forests of northern and central Europe, as well as parts of Asia. These birds are known for their distinctive appearance, with the males being larger and more colorful than the females.
Wood grouse can grow up to 3 feet in length, with a wingspan of up to 4 feet. They have dark feathers with iridescent green and blue highlights, and the males have a distinctive red patch of bare skin above their eyes. They are primarily herbivores, feeding on a variety of plants and berries, as well as insects during the breeding season.
While wood grouse are generally not aggressive towards humans, there have been some cases of these birds attacking people, particularly during the breeding or if young are around. The birds charge making themselves look as large as they can when they feel threatened.
Usually, it wouldn’t be much of a problem. But, when you’re on a mountainside in deep snow, decked in full snowboarding gear, it becomes harder to defend yourself (I suppose harder to get injured though, too).
This man is seen ripping down the hill, just missing the grouse and spraying it with snow as he passes.
The bird didn’t like that and followed the snow boarder down the hill. As the man stops and takes his board off, the grouse goes into full attack mode, flying right at the man.
The man gets his wits about him and starts using the snowboard as a weapon.
There is just something hilarious about a grouse backing a man up as he swings his snowboard around in defense.
The man ends up fine but the bird definitely got its payback, and it did in hilarious fashion.