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Strolling around our front lawn

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ChrisofWessex

ChrisofWessex Report 25 Mar 2013 16:55

this morning was a magnificient Cock Pheasant. He was definitely Cock of the Walk!

Definitely knew he was safe as long as he stayed on the ground!!

AnninGlos

AnninGlos Report 25 Mar 2013 16:59

Thought you were going to say that you were strolling round the lawn Chris :-D But I thought it is a bit cold for that.

Lovely to see a cock pheasant in the garden, we did have one here once, well we actually had a pair but that was years ago and not seen them here since.

ChrisofWessex

ChrisofWessex Report 25 Mar 2013 17:01

First time we have had one - we get most species of feathered friends - especially with the wood behind.

GinN

GinN Report 25 Mar 2013 17:04

We have a cock pheasant visit our patio every day, looking for the food we put out for the birds - he seems quite tame.
On Sunday, we were visited by a number of ducks from our village pond. One was very insistent, tapping his beak on the window until I went out with bread!

AnninGlos

AnninGlos Report 25 Mar 2013 17:05

Yes, daughter gets a lot more varieties of birds than we do. Trouble is they get squirrels too and had to have the pest man out as squirrels got into the loft.

GinN

GinN Report 25 Mar 2013 17:10

We had a sqirrel in our loft a few years ago, but managed to block his entrance when he was out! Someone else in the village had quite a few in their loft, and the pest control people used a sniper to shoot them.

RolloTheRed

RolloTheRed Report 25 Mar 2013 18:36

It is both illegal and very bad form to shoot a pheasant on the ground.

They have a tendency to overeat and get fat. That may save them from Holland & Holland but will make them very easy meat for weasels, stoats etc. As a pheasant flies rather better than it runs best not to feed them then.


♥†۩ Carol   Paine ۩†♥

♥†۩ Carol Paine ۩†♥ Report 25 Mar 2013 18:47

Pheasants do not fly great distances :-S

They can run... the one that roosts in the oak at the bottom of our garden, does a speedy sprint when chased off of our bird table ;-)


We do spread corn down under the trees for the pheasants, but he prefers peanuts.
:-D

DIZZI

DIZZI Report 25 Mar 2013 21:23

WE GOT PIDGEON (RACING KIND)

RolloTheRed

RolloTheRed Report 25 Mar 2013 22:37

They fly very well which is why they are bred for shooting - there is no such thing as a wild pheasant. Obviously you have not seen a pheasant after a stoat of fox has dealt with it. They don't run fast enough.

ChrisofWessex

ChrisofWessex Report 25 Mar 2013 23:16

On Saturday OH discovered robins are nesting at the back of his shed - nice and sheltered. Thought it was a bit early but googled and it is not.

Huia

Huia Report 26 Mar 2013 07:36

We have plenty of wild pheasants out here. Every time I drive down the road, or back up, I might see several. I have even seen mummy shepherding her chicks out of the way on occasions.

OneFootInTheGrave

OneFootInTheGrave Report 26 Mar 2013 08:06

These days most pheasants in the wild originate from the lucky ones who manged to escape a 12 bore cartridge.

In my late teens to earn a few bob, I used to go beating on an estate on the outskirts of Dunkeld in Scotland. The area around the game-keepers cottage had hundreds of pheasants running about loose, All the beaters used to sit around feeding them, the pheasants were quite tame, and they would take food from your hand.

Little did the pheasants know that they were going to be put in baskets, be taken to the edge of the woods, be released, then chased to the other end of the woods where there was a line of shotguns waiting for them :-(

LadyScozz

LadyScozz Report 26 Mar 2013 08:23

Cock of the Walk?

I thought that was a golfing term lol :-D

OH won it last year

:-D

I hope nobody shoots him :-(

ChrisofWessex

ChrisofWessex Report 26 Mar 2013 13:27

He's back today - lunch time.

OneFootInTheGrave

OneFootInTheGrave Report 26 Mar 2013 13:31

ChrisofWessex - why are you getting the roasting tin out :-D :-D :-D

Merlin

Merlin Report 26 Mar 2013 13:35

A Brace of Pheasant,A few Shallots,Half a Bottle of Red done in the Oven, Real Tasty. :-D :-D The other half of the bottle?thats for the Chef. :-D :-D