Yesterday evening I was excited to see this beautiful cock pheasant stroll across the road and through my front garden, looking like he knew exactly where he was going. I used to see pheasants in winter all the time under my bird feeders, but I haven't seen one for years, not since the cornfields began to disappear as suburbia encroaches.
Ring-necked pheasants were imported from China to the United States in 1881 and released in Minnesota in 1916. They are big -- 20-36 inches long including the tail, and brightly colored. We often see them in cornfields, especially in the winter, and also eating grit at the side of the road.
My dad and grandpa went pheasant hunting one fall and bagged their first pheasant when it crashed through the windshield and wound up in my dad's lap along with a lot of glass. Didn't even need to use their guns!
I think this guy is going to visit a lady.
This morning at the coffee shop these two waited outside for their owner to return. It seemed a little cool to me (40sF) for traveling with the top down, but Minnesotans are so impatient for spring to get going, it's hard to wait.
I hope you are enjoying some beautiful signs of spring where you live if you are a resident of the northern hemisphere.