After having had a beautiful day of birding I was headed home on the Richville
rd when I saw the unmistakable bright red and gold of a Ring-necked
Pheasant in a thicket just down the hill from the East Shoreham cemetery.
(Richville road east) By the time I got my car turned around the bird had
moved to the other side of the road. It took me a few minutes to re-locate it
hiding in a larger group of bushes were it was not giving up very good looks. A
noise truck passing spooked the bird and it took to the wing in classic
pheasant on the run manner, I got two images in flight which I will post later
today on my blog. Question is, are Ring-necked Pheasant consider a wild bird
in Vermont now or a domestic escaped bird or both? This bird was calling
loudly as if trying to locate another bird (female maybe) and it's coloring was
just fabulous, bright red head, golden browns to rufous against the snow
covered background, just beautiful. What a great way to end a day of birding.