Spruce grouse Credit: Bob Duchesne

Bob Duchesne, the BDN’s resident bird expert, always regales us with endless tales of the birds of Maine in his weekly column, Good Birding. From chickadees to hawks, Bob’s the go-to for the best tips on spotting your flying favorites.

Somehow, he’s still able to narrow it down to one winged friend. It only took him 60 years to figure it out.

With the spruce grouse, males come back every year, so you get to know them — and their individual personalities — over time. But that’s not the only reason he’s a fan. Follow along as Bob describes his favorite bird (and spots five of them in one morning).