Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places...

Late last month I chronicled the sad quest of a Ring-necked Pheasant hen trying to break into the bird paddock on our west campus agricultural area. She has been pretty insistent, and was still hanging around as recently as last week.
I was surprised today to find a male Ring-neck trying to do the same thing! It wasn't having any better luck at joining the flock inside the cage as the hen did a few weeks ago. But it wasn't for lack of trying.
As I've mentioned before, the Ring-necked Pheasants (Phasianus colchicus) are an introduced species (in the 1880's), and they have spread all over the United States. They are one of the most popular of game birds, and it isn't unusual to see them in the grassy tussocks around the dairy farms I drive through on the morning commute.

But not this one. This one really wanted to meet the ladies on the other side of the fence, having gotten all dressed up for the event. I fear it was disappointed...

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