I suppose I could have lowered the tone of this blog post by calling it pheasant pluckers, in memory of a little ditty I heard years ago but couldn’t repeat in mixed company. But I didn’t, and we’re all grateful for that.
Each year the RSPB asks twitchers / birders / birdspotters to carry out surveys of birds in their garden during a one-hour period. I know from experience that the RSPB does not include this little beauty on its list (big beauty actually, she’s around 30cm – 1ft – tall). I suppose it’s just as well, because chances are she won’t be around on the day of the next survey, there will be the usual sparrows and blue tits (and perhaps the woodpecker if we ask her nicely). We have had three pheasants in our garden in the snow (and we have a garden, not a country estate) – two females and one male. The male is a lot more flashy than the females. No comment.
The RSPB survey is here