I haven’t done much birding and blogging lately as I’m still recovering from surgery. I considered maybe going to a local spot this weekend, but, as I type I take a break to stare out the window at the downpour. It’s all too bad-but as they say, it’s still nice weather for ducks! Last week’s poll was a great success, though I think I went about a little too strongly in excluding non-birders (I still had some anesthesia to clear out) but still hope that people learn a little background on the question before answering it. This week’s poll is: Do WILD Ring-necked Pheasants Still Breed In CT?, inspired by the recent discussion on CTBirds.
I’ve seen male pheasants a number of times at South Pine Creek Open Space near my home. However, I have not seen or heard them in more than a year and am scared that they are either or on the brink of local extirpation. Because I have only seen male pheasants, these birds could be crowing for a female that’s just not there. As shown on CTBirds, there’s a difference between wild or released birds, but it’s hard to decide if the pheasant you see in the brush on Percy St. is in fact wild or was released by a gun club a month earlier. To read up on the subject, click on the word CTBirds when it occurs in the post.
Take the poll and decide if you think Ring-necked Pheasants still breed in CT!