Ring-necked Pheasants are a fairly common sight in the Cow Bay area. It’s not unusual to see them crossing the road, strutting on the side of the road or through yards. They move quickly and the males crow quite loudly. Less frequently seen in the winter, they still leave the woods for occasional visits.
The peahens don’t usually come out in the open as much as the males. The above photo is of tracks in the woods taken before the last snowfall. There are lots of new ones zigzagging across the front yard today but the snow is falling so quickly that they’ll soon be covered.
Yesterday I heard a male crowing several times in the yard. Could he already be defending a territory that might include at least two females? (There were two peahens in the yard yesterday). This behaviour is known as ‘harem-defence polygyny’ and is practiced by male pheasants. Supposedly they don’t mate until April so it’s still early. But Spring is on its way. If only among the pheasants.