Monday, 11 April 2016

Yes!!

I have said for a few days that I thought a hen pheasant had chosen our walled front garden for her nesting site this year and yesterday, when I went out to prune the roses (very late but the first day that the weather has been warm enough for me to venture out), I saw it.

It is in the same place as last year - in the corner where the porch meets the wall of the house-
and sheltered by self-sown aquelegias. The position faces due South but these aquelegias provide shade for her when she begins to sit.   Yesterday there were eight eggs in the nest and I was quite pleased with the photograph as it has the appearance of being in a much lighter place than it actually is.

Good luck with your new family Mrs. Pheasant.

 

28 comments:

Tom Stephenson said...

They had better stay within your garden!

Gerry Snape said...

well...a great pic and what excitement again this year...keep us posted with pics Pat!

The Broad said...

What a wonderful photograph. Congratulations on a well-spotted find!

coffeeontheporchwithme said...

Oh that's exciting! Did you see young pheasants in the past? -Jenn

Elizabeth said...

Thrilling!
Keep us posted!

Twiglet said...

That's brilliant - I do hope they manage to hatch - it's so lovely if you can see the chicks being shepherded away by their mum. x Jo

FAST SOS said...

how wonderful, I do hope they thrive

Yorkshire Pudding said...

Good luck to Mrs Pheasant. I hope that no other creatures find that secret place.

Joanne Noragon said...

Just lovely. Perhaps you will be able to show us the chicks.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Last year Mrs P kept her chicks in the garden for a couple of days and then shepherded them out under the front gate. This year I shall keep my eyes open - although I suspect we may beon holiday when the big day arrives.

donna baker said...

I wondered Pat, if she'd keep them cosseted or immediately disappear with them. So many birds have to be ready to go the minute they hatch and I fear that kind has a lower survival rate than the chicks hatched up in the trees. Is the father around to help out?

Heather said...

How lovely that a pheasant has nested again in your garden. I love the sight of a nestful of eggs.

Frances said...

Weaver, I am admiring both your photograph and the construction of that nest. Best wishes to the pheasant family.

xo

jinxxxygirl said...

Oh how lucky you found them! Great photo Weaver! Hugs! deb

Cloudia said...

Thanks for this hopeful and lovely token of Spring!

angryparsnip said...

Wonderful news indeed.

cheers, parsnip

Simon Douglas Thompson said...

The best news in you aren't going to blast every raptor out of the sky in order to protect them! A great sight, can't think what pheasant youngsters look like.

Terry and Linda said...

What a great photo! You did well...8 little eggs! I hope they all hatch!

Linda

Mac n' Janet said...

She must know you're a kind lady and welcome her nest or she wouldn't have come back.

Midmarsh John said...

Brilliant. Looking forward to seeing the babies later on.

Gwil W said...

The countdown begins.

Reader Wil said...

Were there any chickens last year? Saturday we. Were driving home when we saw quite a lot of pheasants in the fields. They are so beautifully coloured.
Your photos are excellent!
Wil, ABCW Team

Barbara Womack said...

How very exciting! I hope you get to see (and photograph) the hatchlings.

Cro Magnon said...

How wonderful, I wish we had proper wild Pheasants here. Pix of the chicks please (when time comes).

Librarian said...

Lovely to have your very own family of wild pheasants living in your garden! I wish them all the best and am looking forward to reports on their progress.

Lowcarb team member said...

Oh that's wonderful ... hope you may get to photograph the little chicks.

All the best Jan

Maria said...

Beautiful. Something I will never see in a city. Greetings Maria x

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

What a wonderful discovery!!! I'd love to see baby pheasants.