On today's bird watching segment we are going to talk about the pheasant. They are a very pretty bird. On a road trip to McLeod, ND, which is part of the North Dakota Sandhills (yep, there are sandhills in North Dakota), a few weeks ago we took this picture a pheasant out in a field.
Some facts about pheasants --
•Roosters will range in weight from 3.5 to 4 lbs
•Hens will range in weight from 2 to 2.5 lbs
•After hatching, pheasant chicks immediately begin growing flight feathers, and are capable of short flights at 2 weeks•Pheasants do not migrate, they stay relatively local all year long
•On flat ground, a ringneck pheasant can run at speeds of 8-10mph
•Pheasants can fly up to 48mph
•Pheasants main predators include: Fox, Raccoon and Skunk (as chicks) and Man, Hawks and Owls
•Pheasants, a native to China, were brought across the Pacific in 1881 by Judge Owen Nickerson
•Through most of the growing season, pheasants can survive on the moisture they consume in insects and the morning dew on vegetation
Aren't they beautiful birds?
Until next time -- Remington -- the bird dog -- out!