60 thoughts on “Monday pheasants

  1. I’m intrigued… do Monday pheasants look slightly different from Tuesday pheasants??? We once drove along a road in North West Scotland that was littered with dead pheasants. Almost to the point where I thought they come here to commit communal suicide… Mind you, that was in October 2019, so perhaps there was an underlying Halloween theme?

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    1. Absolutely. They’re at their best groomed. No, actually it’s an allusion to the Monday Portrait which I usually join in on. I thought them prettier than the worms of my last post.

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    1. That’s exactly what these poor creatures are for here too. The woods hereabouts are full of drums of food so they want for nothing until their turn comes to be shot.

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  2. I love pheasants. I entirely agree with your assessment of their intellectual prowess but I still love them. I feel a small triumph for those I see because I’m reasonably confident that ‘our pheasants’ are escapees rather than destined to be cut off in their prime. There are no shoots near here that I know of. The pheasants who visit and serenade us daily are possibly the offspring of earlier generations who avoided the guns. I like to think so anyway

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    1. I do hope so, Sandra. Ours manage on the whole to avoid being roadkill, but they end up shot, and not even necessarily in the cooking pot, but just wasted, more often than not.

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      1. Yes, point accepted. Immediately after replying to you earlier I was out walking and for the first time on my usual route I came across a roadkill pheasant 😞

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  3. They look so beautiful in your photos and nothing like the roadkill I see on the Suffolk lanes. You’re so right about them being stupid – they invariably run the wrong way so (if poss) I stop completely.

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    1. Oddly, we almost never see roadkill – of the pheasant variety. I can’t understand it. They’re that
      daft, and we have such thousands of them. And yes, they run towards, not away from the car.

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  4. Love seeing pheasants in the fields at this time of year. Bred for the shoot here too, so they are abundant. And content, I suppose, with no idea what’s coming. Makes my day to see them.

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  5. Gorgeous colours! I would love an autumn sweater in those colours 😉 They also appear to be rather well fed – or do pheasants always look like that? (Yes, I am an ignorant Londoner…)

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    1. They ARE well fed. Grain bins allover the place, kept filled by gamekeepers, so that people from all over the place – including Londoners – can come and shoot them in vast quantities.

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  6. Nice oval! I may have to rediscover how to make a square. I had a different laptop back then and different software. Nowadays the phone is the bane of my life, but that’s a different subject. Nice to see the daft things scuttling down a country lane but they do test your brakes sometimes.

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  7. Oh, Margaret these have been beautifully captured by you xx Now that is one subject I do have trouble with,, birds… I never seem to capture them properly.

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