Someone from Cornell once told me that if I see escaped game birds in my
area and they breed for two or more years, I could count them. Hasn't
happened yet. We do have pheasants that breed here in Bennington County in
the wild. Unfortunately, if we have an icy winter, that seems to kill them
off. There are several breeders/farmers/collectors around that raise Bob
Whites and sometimes release them, but the birds don't seem to survive long.
Sent: Tuesday, December 30, 2014 9:52 AM
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Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Pheasants
New Hampshire Fish and Game stocks pheasants.
This year they have released 12,260 birds from Late Sept to mid Oct in 73
sites through out the state. This may be the source for any Vt birds
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> On Dec 30, 2014, at 9:26 AM, Walter Medwid <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> On the recent sightings of bobwhites-any possibility of these being
> escapees from a game breeder? I raise the question because we now have
> pheasants in the area-Dunn Wildlife Refuge area on Lake Memphremagog. When
> they were first seen a couple of years ago there was conjecture that they
> were escapees. Regardless of the source of origin, the pheasants have
> the unmowed meadows of the refuge ideal habitat and appear to be thriving.