Tuesday, 26 July 2011
Hatched .......and gone!
Yes - it looks as though the pheasant has hatched four chicks - there are also four unhatched eggs - and gone. I suspect she only hatched them overnight because something will fetch those unhatched eggs very quickly (rat, magpie, crow).
The pattern with pheasants - and indeed with most ground-hatching birds- is that they hatch out the chicks and then, as soon as they can, they get them into the cover of the hedgebacks, out of the way of the many predators.
So now we must keep our eye open for them around the fields. I'm glad at least some of them made it. While out looking to see if the pheasant had gone we also found our first field mushroom. Some years we have quite a lot and other years we find none at all, so keep fingers crossed for a good crop this year - there is nothing like them for taste.
Grey and cool here today - not very good for the hay, but better forecast for the rest of the week.