A friend of mine on the Kenai sent me some photos last year of a couple of ruffed grouse with crops full of spruce needles. I find this rather strange and interesting behavior. I submitted this topic last year and was wondering if anyone else, either on the Kenai, or elsewhere in Alaska, had ever had the same experience. There wasn't much response then, but in another recent thread a poster indicated he has seen this many times on the Kenai.
Research indicates that Bump found some ruffed grouse turned to eating spruce needles in his 1949 New York study, but this is all I have ever heard on the subject.
Once again I'm wondering if any others might share their experiences.