Here's a quick video Bill also managed to get - it only shows a male and 1 female, there were actually 2 females and that buck grouse was in his element strutting around while the females gathered small stones.
This video will look much better if you click the link and watch it on Vimeo instead of watching it here:
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Spruce Grouse from Salmo Salar on Vimeo.
We stopped in Doaktown to get a few pictures of the high water - the town was on flood watch for good reason and from what I understand they issued a voluntary evacuation order later that afternoon. The Miramichi's a powerful force of nature and nothing can stop a river and it's ice during spring break up.
Here's a picture from Blackville looking up at Doctor's Island:
(yes, still under construction!)
I once stepped off the hard pack by the ditch and went past my knees... there's a TON of snow left up there!
This is where the snow truly got deep! In some places 2-3 feet of snow, and in the yard of the camp, 3-4 feet of snow!
Joe arriving at the camp:
Time for a soda!
Joe and I checking out the river:
The ice certainly left it's mark this spring. With more to come, hopefully we won't lose any more trees. Although losing a tree is pretty minor when you consider what could happen during an ice jam - so I can accept the occasional tree loss!
More ice scour across the river:
Most of our side is lined with ice like this:
Random Ice cake:
My Favorite picture of the day - again supplied by Bill! (nice job man!) This is looking down river towards one of the hot spots:
With all the ice and high dirty water, I insanely decided a quick bit of fishing was in order. I went up to the powerline where there was no ice hanging on the bank and stepped in. Well, it was more of a climb on teh scoured, frozen bank. The water was darned cold and I fished for about 30 minutes before my sanity returned... Fishing is a tough compulsion to deny, no matter the conditions!
I should have mixed a drink with all the ice floating down:
Alright, enough of this foolishness!