You have read before about 'our' pheasants - because the farmer feeds the wild birds all the year round, we get a huge number of pheasants at the bird table. (they are probably the most common bird around here because we are surrounded by 'shoots' where gamekeepers breed (or buy in) young pheasants especially for shooting.)
These pheasants become quite tame, particularly in the Winter time when the weather is cold and food is scarce. Also, because they roost up in the trees to escape predators (foxes mostly), we have a good stand of Scots Pines which make excellent roosts. At least they do when the weather is reasonably calm.
But the last few days and nights we have had violent weather and it really must have been a nightmare for them clinging on to the branches. We have been quite worried about where they would be.
I wish they would roost inside the cattle shed, which is open sided and has rafters which would be ideal - but they don't seem to like being under cover.
We need not have worried on their behalf. Tonight we just happened to spot as we drew the curtains across, exactly where they were choosing to spend the night. Next door my brother in law has a vegetable garden surrounded by a high privet hedge. As it began to get dark the hedge side was dotted with pheasants on the sheltered side - they had moved downstairs so to speak.
They are not daft are they?