A Right Pleasant Pheasant
Okay, so a ring-necked pheasant isn’t the most exciting thing to see. But to be able to walk right up to one is pretty darn cool. They really are beautiful birds.
Interesting pheasant note: I take a walk whenever I can during lunch at work. I work next to some tobacco fields, a large marsh, and a decent tract of woods. As a result, I get to see some wildlife fairly frequently. In fact, we have a neighborhood bobcat which I’ve had the pleasure of watching (no picture as of now) up close. A few days after I saw our bobcat for the first time, I came across this guy:
Something tells me if this thing let me take this picture, it won’t last too long with Mr. Bobcat around.
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Jamie saysJanuary 16, 2022 at 7:05 pm
Thousands of these lovely birds are released for hunting each year. The more wary ones make it for awhile and more confiding ones probably get knocked off pretty quickly. It’s a practice I find quite distasteful on multiple reasons but it’s out there and it happens. Ring-necked Pheasant is considered an established exotic species across the U.S., and was considered so here in CT until last year, when our birding community’s rare records committee voted to remove it from the state checklist because it’s no longer considered a self-sustaining, viable population. In the 1980’s I remember seeing hen pheasants with a line of chicks trailing behind her but I haven’t personally seen it in decades. Now the only time we see or hear them is at or very near known hunting locations. These beautiful birds deserve better.