Unusual bird in the garden.....

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  1. Campercaillie

    Campercaillie Read Only Funster

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    This colourful little chappie arrived yesterday afternoon, and is here again this morning. It certainly send me scurrying through my bird guides. Any guesses?? Look underneath the image below for the answer ....

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    Well done if you said Lady Amherst Pheasant: Originally introduced from China, and this individual is almost certainly an escapee.
    And it's back in the garden again this morning feeding around the bird feeders. :thumb:

    http://www.independent.co.uk/enviro...e-line-for-lady-amhersts-pheasant-786761.html
     
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    What a beautiful bird. You lucky person having it come into your garden.
     
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    Lovely colours :)
     
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    That's how our UK pheasant became established, brought over and escaped.

    Lovely colours on that one though.

    Paul.
     
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    think it will be good eating and the fathers will be grate for fly tying :Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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    That must be the cock bird Im :Eek!:assuming
     
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    Pretty rare in Grantown. The remaining feral population is centred around Bedford so I wonder how this one got into Speyside?
     
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    If it gets anywhere near a road it'll be an ex Lady Amherst Pheasant - the species isn't exactly noted for its road sense.
     
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    Seven weeks on, and he's still here, and now lies in wait for me most mornings when I appear at the window to put the kettle on. He then comes running over from the back of the garden, and paces around whilst I go into the garage to emerge with a handful of seed. He is now happily being fed by hand and certainly adds some colour to the garden!!

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    he will be nice and fat for xmas.what stuffing would you use.
     
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    Nice bird.

    We had Mr and Mrs common pheasant and brood of chicks this morning.

    Martin
     
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    My nephews a gamekeeper in Fife, give me your address and I'll send him up. :BigGrin:
     
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    Hmmmmmmm........Rather have this in the garden. Lesser spotted twit-weed carrier. Very rare, (and she was cold....for a while anyway). :thumb:
     

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    Fickle, that's what you are, Fickle...:Sad:





















    Poor Carmen... :cry:
     
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    If you hear a knock at the door, Tootles, I've sent a special bird to yours .. just for you....:Smile:






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    MY GOD....What a SHOCK!!! :Eeek::Eeek:

    Me bum just swallowed me bugle! Geeeeee Whhhhhhiz. :Eeek:
     
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    Just as I started reading that, Joy, my next door neighbour knocked on the door!! AAGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHH :Eek!::Eek!:
     
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    :Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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    I think technically it's a Silver Amherst but that's only a

    Lady Amherst with a specific colouring:Smile:
     
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    You've got me there! This happens frequently with birds - identical birds - and sub-species - are given different names across different continents, and in these instances they can all be specifically identified by their latin name. In the case of the Lady Amherst's pheasant it's "Chrysolophus amherstiae." If it were a Silver Amherst it would have its own latin name. Over to you. :Wink:
     
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