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A pleasant Pheasant at my bird table

My next door neighbour took these photos. Not had anything as large as this visiting my bird table. Pity I missed it myself.

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A beater once told me that they are bold and stupid birds that would try to outrun a predator over the ground rather than taking flight
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Drone wrote: ↑Thu, 14th May 2020, 10:31pm A beater once told me that they are bold and stupid birds that would try to outrun a predator over the ground rather than taking flight
I didn't think they could fly. Whenever I've come across pheasants when driving down a country lane, they have always run away on their legs. I assumed they had their wings clipped to stop them flying off by the owners. You live and learn.

I've corrected the typo in the title. Didn't know I had spelt pheasants incorrectly in the title until I went to type it in this post.

I was only a pheasant plucker....

It was a very pleasant pheasant -Big grin.png-
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thecaretaker wrote: ↑Fri, 15th May 2020, 9:14am I didn't think they could fly. Whenever I've come across pheasants when driving down a country lane, they have always run away on their legs. I assumed they had their wings clipped to stop them flying off by the owners. You live and learn.
They are shot as they fly overhead! they do seem to prefer running though as I found out one summers evening riding my motorbike back from the coast, obviously observing the national speed limit -Wink.png- when a pheasant on the opposite side of the road saw me coming and ran straight into my engine/leg -Shock.png- did`nt half make a mess, blood and guts cooked onto a hot engine!
When I got home and cleared the mess up I realised it must have been a hen pheasant as there was cooked egg on my radiator -JawDropped.png-
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We have a lot of them here in Lincolnshire and they do fly and you can compare them to pigeons as they would sooner walk out of the way than take flight, there is a crazy law regarding pheasants when they are a road kill, if you hit it in your car you cannot have it as a road kill but the driver following you is entitled to pick it up and take it home as a road kill. -Crazy.png-

I once saw a car with a dead pheasant imbedded in his grill driving along in town, i can only presume he hit it and thought it was knocked out of the way, he is going to have a shock when he looks at the front of his car, oh and the male is more brightly coloured then the female and you see more males around than females for some reason. -Waving.png-

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As a nipper out walking our Alsation one day a car stooped and said we just hit this pheasant, it`s stunned but OK could you take it, guessed I lived on farm, yes no problem so I end up passing the farm yard full of workers with a dog on lead in one hand and a pheasant tucked under the other arm -Big grin.png- when I got home and told Dad he rushed down to the farm to explain what happened! they were all laughing at the sight of me walking by with a pheasant and a dog -Crazy.png-
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He has become a regular garden visitor...

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EBJ wrote: ↑Fri, 15th May 2020, 11:42amthere is a crazy law regarding pheasants when they are a road kill, if you hit it in your car you cannot have it as a road kill but the driver following you is entitled to pick it up and take it home as a road kill. -Crazy.png.
Was told the same with deer.
When visiting relatives,I told them we had passed a dead deer.
They wanted it , but in the 15 minutes that had passed since we had seen it someone else had beaten us to it.
No ,there was no way this could have got up & run off
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eggy wrote: ↑Sun, 24th May 2020, 11:13am Was told the same with deer.
When visiting relatives,I told them we had passed a dead deer.
They wanted it , but in the 15 minutes that had passed since we had seen it someone else had beaten us to it.
No ,there was no way this could have got up & run off
I had an ex army buddy who would eat any road kill, he had a special freezer just for them containing deer, rabbits, squirrels in fact any thing that walked, crawled or flew that died he would have it. -Crazy.png-

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Well, he was back again this morning. I put some seed down at the bottom of my steps and I sat on the steps. He wasn't phased by me at all. Took some photos with my own phone this time. Lovely colours with deep red around his eyes.

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The Pheasants we have today are pretty much decendants from the inbred lot they used for shoots, part domesticated, part brother and sister.

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EBJ wrote: ↑Fri, 15th May 2020, 11:42am We have a lot of them here in Lincolnshire and they do fly and you can compare them to pigeons as they would sooner walk out of the way than take flight, there is a crazy law regarding pheasants when they are a road kill, if you hit it in your car you cannot have it as a road kill but the driver following you is entitled to pick it up and take it home as a road kill. -Crazy.png-

I once saw a car with a dead pheasant imbedded in his grill driving along in town, i can only presume he hit it and thought it was knocked out of the way, he is going to have a shock when he looks at the front of his car, oh and the male is more brightly coloured then the female and you see more males around than females for some reason. -Waving.png-
This is very true. It is law. if you kill stop and remove it is classed a poaching!!!! when the next person stops and picks it up it "Fair Game"
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Lordy he is getting tame. He is now coming to the door of our kitchen. Next, he'll be in the kitchen in a pot lol -Big grin.png-

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EBJ wrote: ↑Fri, 15th May 2020, 11:42am oh and the male is more brightly coloured then the female and you see more males around than females for some reason. -Waving.png-

Aren't we all -Big grin.png-
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He has become a regular daily visitor now. He stands outside the kitchen door 'crocking' very loudly to ask for some bird seed. I fear we might be fattening him up for somebody's ------ The seasonal word only permitted in December ----- dinner.

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