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Ring-necked Pheasant Behaviour
Last winter, 2014-15, was a killer with two successive flash freezes that left my yard, driveway and surrounding forest with 6 inches to a foot of solid ice that stayed until late March. The suffering of birds and mammals was horrid. All of our local white-tailed deer perished. We could tell because of their distinctive markings of which were never seen again. All ground foraging birds were desperate and most came to our backyard deck which we kept clear of snow and constantly replenished with seed. See "The Killer Winter", April 24, 2015. http://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2015/4
Unusual survival behaviour occurred with both the deer and Ring-necked Pheasants coming up on our deck to forage for seed. The Ring-necked pheasants fed on the deck and on the railing and survived. They have a good memory since they are once again coming up on the railing to feed. This is very unusual for such a wary bird. The bird is so wary that any sight of a human and they are gone. No wonder considering the ravaging they suffer in the wild at the hands of killer humans.
I cannot photograph these birds without installing my window blinds which are black cotton drapes with slits to poke a lens through. I haven't resorted to using my blinds yet so I photographed a male through two doors, my regular door and a storm door.