Ptarmigan - the P is silent and it is the Alaska state bird.
I saw one in my front yard yesterday morning! It is very unusual to see a ptarmigan in the city. We've been in this house for 21 years and I've never seen one here before. I went to get my camera but he had disappeared by the time I returned. I quietly walked up the street in front of my house, searching in all the snow banks for any sign of him, but didn't see him again. They are masters of disguise; he was probably sitting within 10 feet of me. I did capture his little footprints in the snow.
One year ago today I brought this little monster into our home. She's turned into a very sweet dog although she is still a little obnoxious. Happy Anniversary Tazlina! (formerly known as Tazmanian Devil)
Happy Animal Wednesday!