Lets here some good dog stories as well.
Can we attach pictures in this forum now?
It is not a nut tree. It forms catkins later in the year with long buds about 1-2" that are held all through the winter. I have 2 of these tree's in my yard which is in a heavily wooded area. There were grouse feeding on them in the morning at first light all through the winter nearly every morning.
My dog and I went for our daily walk in the Chequamegon today. In a unexpected spot small grouse started flushing. I wondered why he went on point? Duh??? About 5-7 chicks I think. Pretty hard to tell. Mom was chirping like crazy. Really a pretty swampy area actually and I did not think they would be in that kind of cover. Very wet? Good sign though.