Spotted this Northern Flicker (Colaptes Auratus) grazing the backyard. I usually hear them hammering at trees and telephone poles, but once I saw one making a much louder sound against a metal cap at the top of a pole. Metalhead bird.
We were seated on the side of the road overlooking Strohn Lake and Bear Glacier. She walked right up to us and eventually settled under the car for a snooze. We waited for her to resume her merry way before resuming ours. Not sure what kind of grouse. I don't think it's a ptarmigan because I read they have feathered feet. My wild guess based on a quick search would be the sooty grouse (Dendragapus fuliginosus). Is she a runaway extra from the movie Insomnia?