In the Spring a young man's fancy
lightly turns to things he's been
thinking about all Winter.
to misquote the poet.
A perfect instance, witnessed by the farmer, occurred today just outside the kitchen window. We feed the pheasants on poultry wheat and, as usual there were about a dozen hen pheasants and just one cock pheasant, feeding there this morning.
Suddenly the cock jumped at one of the hens and grabbed her by the back of the neck, obviously intent upon mating with her. She squawked loudly and immediately two of her hen friends jumped at the cock and fought him off. He ran off up the grass quick as a flash. A perfect example of female solidarity I thought and a sign that womens' lib has spread to the bird world.