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Saturday, 4 February 2017

Mr Pheasant comes for Breakfast

At last it has happened... 
Yesterday morning we had an unexpected visitor come to breakfast. 
(I was going to say we had an unexpected visit for breakfast, but that would just sound wrong).
Mr Pheasant finally braved it and entered our garden.
I suddenly noticed him pecking away under the sunflower heart feeder... overhead all the other little birds were busy devouring the seeds. 
Lots of the seeds were being spilt and landing on and around this pheasant, who didn't seem in the least bit bothered.
I wonder... if it rains sunflower hearts is that like a lottery win for a pheasant?
He certainly seemed happy to me... that is until he spotted me at the window.
When we last lived here, I remember one year we had a female pheasant visit along with her nine chicks. 
I hope this one likes what's on the menu and returns regularly.
It's a pity he didn't turn up in the hour of my RSPB Garden Bird Count last weekend. 
Ho hum... such is life.

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Thanks once again for visiting and I hope you have a great weekend.
Enjoy

58 comments:

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    1. Isn't he just. I hope he comes to call again soon :D

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  2. I still can't get over seeing pheaasants in our garden - they're quite big and strut around with such an air of ownership don't they?! But they are beautifully colourful. My children just call them "the colourful bird" - children, they're so practical!
    Hopefully he'll be back for more.
    #SundayPhoto

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    1. This is the first time he's actually come into our garden Tracey. We hear him regularly and spot him in the field, but he's always stayed outside of the wall. I'm thrilled he's decided to brave it and come in to visit.

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  3. What a marvellous looking specimen. I bet he enjoyed his feeding opportunity.

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    1. I do buy the best quality birdseed from a great company so I'm hoping the five star menu appeals to his palette. We shall see... if he doesn't visit again then the menu's off!

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  4. I used to see pheasants hung upside a lot where I grew up. They seemed to be really popular meat. This one is beautiful and you've captured his colours so well!

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    1. I've never tasted any, but my husband has. I'm not sure he'd try it again as he found some shot still in the bird. A little too gory for my liking. I think they are so beautiful and would want to paint him more than eat him!

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  5. What a beautiful bird - such stunning colours. #MySundayPhoto

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    1. Isn't he just Victoria. He makes me want to paint just looking at him.

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  6. What a beauty and captured so well!

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    1. Thank you... considering I just grabbed the camera and had to hide, peeking through the window to get the shot I'm very pleased with the outcome. I'm hoping he keeps visiting so that he gets used to us and we can take more photos of him.

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  7. Fabulous Neesie! I think you're so lucky to have this fine fellow visiting. xxx

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    1. Thanks so much Di, I was so surprised and thrilled to see him. I hope he's going to be a regular visitor like the doves. Muffin will just have to get used to all these visitors coming into her garden!

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  8. I think pheasants are such beautiful birds. I always shout out if we see one while out and about #MySundayPhoto

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    1. We do exactly the same too. I love them.
      When we were visiting further down on the East coast of Scotland last year, we actually saw black pheasants. I didn't even know they existed until then. I must admit I love the coloured plumage... it makes me want to paint them.

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  9. Hi Neesie, the perfect breakfast visitor. Cleaning up the mess of others. Pheasants are odd looking birds, but the colours are beautiful. I hope he becomes a regular visitor. It's the simple things that make our day.

    xx

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    1. Yes indeed Debbie, I was thrilled to see him and hope he becomes a regular visitor. It did make my day seeing him there. We normally have wood pigeons and blackbirds cleaning up under the feeders, so this was a wonderful surprise.

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    2. Has he returned? Is he turning into a regular? I do hope so.

      Thank you for linking up with #MMBC.

      xx

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    3. I hadn't seen him for a few days... but then this morning he appeared. So he obviously must be happy with our menu.
      I missed the shot of the week though yesterday Debbie. A sparrowhawk was perched on a fence post right outside my kitchen window. As I stretched to reach my camera... he flew off. I think my shout to my hubby and son made them rush to the other window and spooked him. Next time I'm going to take the photo first before I tell anyone!
      Thanks for tweeting my post :D

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  10. Beautiful photos, he looks pretty friendly

    Thank you for linking up

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    1. Thanks Darren, I was pleased with the photo's especially as I had to hide behind the window to capture them. I think he'll need to visit a few times before he would trust us. Once he knew I was there... he took off!

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  11. He's just lovely - thanks for sharing Neesie :)

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    1. My pleasure Cathy. I was thrilled to see him and even more thrilled that I was able to capture him even though it had to be through the window.

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    1. Thank you... I was so pleased to see him. I just hope he becomes a regular visitor.

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  13. He is definitely an handsome chap Neesie, such glorious colour x

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    1. He has amazing plumage hasn't he Cathy. I feel inspired to paint him now.

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  14. Gorgeous bird! You could have had him for breakfast but who would want to eat such a beautiful creature. I envy you birds as well as your dog!
    Sandy xx

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    1. Unfortunately my husband Sandy! He's actually had one in a restaurant, but finding a shot still in it might put him off eating any more.
      I'll strike a deal with you... I'll share my birds and dog, but only online ;D

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    1. It's fantastic isn't it Debra. I think he's inspired me to try to paint him next. It could be quite a challenge.

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  16. Oh my, isn't he stunning. Sometimes nature (probably most of the time) can be jaw droopingly beautiful if you pay attention. What a lucky visitor, I'm betting raining sunflower hearts is like mana from heaven, literally, lol. Does that make the birds above angels?? LOL. Have a great day my friend. Much love from blanketed with snow Canada.

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    1. I think your analogy is probably true in the bird world Jenn. He certainly looked happy enough... and now I am because I have his photograph plus I'm painting him! Win win situation of us both.
      I'm seeing all your snow so stay cosy and keep creating art and I'll be across to visit asap.
      Waving from a soggy wet dark Bonnie (although not so today) Scotland

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  17. Hello Neesie, he's such a fine looking fellow - what a delightful experience to have him visit! Ooooh, with sunflower seeds on the menu I think you'll definitely be seeing him again :D) Bye now xx

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    1. Unfortunately we haven't seen him in the garden Sue, but he is in the nearby field so hopefully he'll be back soon. He seemed happy enough with the menu.

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  18. Doh, I've had pheasant for breakfast, haha. Beautiful bird and I bet they all thought they won the lottery.

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    1. Oh (gulp) I have cereal Jeanna!
      The amount of seed that can disappear each day tells me that all my visitors approve of the menu

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    1. Thank you Jane, I was really pleased with it. So much so that I'm now attempting to paint him!

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  20. I always think pheasants are so pretty. How lovely to have a visit (glad you didn't eat him) :) #MMBC

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    1. Don't worry Tara... he'll never be on the menu here!
      Now I've managed to take his photo, I can zoom in on his plumage and it's fantastic. I'm now attempting to paint him.

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  21. they are so pretty, dumb :p, but pretty

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    1. Haha ... Yes Jennifer, they do appear a little vacant at times.

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  22. He's so beautiful - I've never seen a pheasant close-up. I'm so envious

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    1. Isn't he just Carol. I'm thrilled I was able to share him with you. Now you can have a good look at him. I'm currently attempting to paint him. Wish me luck!

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  23. I should imagine raining sunflower hearts to a pheasant is the Aussie equivalent of a Golden Gaytime on a hot summers day here - and yes that really is the name of an ice lolly, for those who might be wondering!
    Great photos... lucky bird, although he must be a relative youngster as every bird for miles knows you put out the best brekkies ever Neesie!
    Have a great week - this is my last in Oz, see you (virtually) in Thailand!
    Wren x

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    1. I'm so glad you explained Golden Gaytime, because my mind was going all over the place ;D
      I think Mr P must be new in the area to not have visited here before.
      Enjoy your week (I don't want to say your last because I'm sure you'll be regularly nipping to and fro)
      Can't wait to hear all about your next adventure.

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  24. What a beautiful visitor! I hope he comes back soon x

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    1. Oh I hope he returns soon too Kim. He is near as we've seen him in the field nearby, but he hasn't ventured back here next.
      I'm so glad I captured him on my camera, because I'm now painting him.

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  25. What a beautiful pheasant. Hope he enjoyed the sunflower seeds and decides to make a return visit to your garden :-)

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    1. Yes Louise, he must have liked the seed because he's arrived again this morning. Each time I see him I can't stop being so impressed by him. He's stunning

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  26. Hi Neesie ... you must have two blogs?
    I'm sure I left a comment the other day on your other one?

    Loved this pheasant, what a beautiful visitor.

    Take Care

    All the best Jan

    http://thelowcarbdiabetic.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. I do indeed have two blogs Jan. I did see your comment over at https://www.deniseallan.co.uk and I did answer you there, but that blog is new and I'm only just finding my way around it. I did answer your comment there, but I'm not sure it would notify you.
      I'm thrilled because the beautiful pheasant returned this morning. He really is stunning.

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  27. That's one incredibly BEAUTIFUL pheasant. Wow! What a lovely visitor. :)

    I wanted to let you know that my new blog address is http://www.alexandramacvean.blogspot.com. Please make sure to update your newsfeed so we can stay in touch!

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    1. Isn't he just Alexandra. I'm thrilled that he has been back to visit, so obviously our menu meets with his approval.
      Thanks for the updated blog address.

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  28. How lovely to have a pheasant visiting your garden, such a great photo opportunity!

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  29. He's so handsome! Hopefully, he will be a regular visitor for you. :)

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