We went looking for a Dickcissel on Monday that had been reported by a birding group visiting our county over the weekend. We did not find it, but we found a female Spruce Grouse, a coveted bird which they did not encounter. I think this is perhaps the most gorgeous of the species I have ever photographed. Often it seems the females especially are more tan and a little more washed out. The intensity of this bird's coloration blows me away. The second photo is one reason I enjoy bird photography, the ability to marvel over feather detail. This is something that folks with binoculars normally can't do.