I love them!
I am pretty sure these are the things I call ‘prairie chickens’ at our place. I can never get a decent view of them because when I scare them up, I am startled too. Mark came across a hen with her chicks…he said she was very intimidating and he backed right up to get out of her way!
These are definitely the partridge, because they have the black breast patch. I read that the prairie chicken is not found here anymore. So if we would sight some, that would be big.