Common Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus)


Breeds on nearby farmland, and often seen or heard from site. Also frequents the West Fields and might possibly breed there. Resident.

1st record: 2 on 3rd September 2002.

2010: A male evidently held territory on the West Fields and was heard calling throughout April and May.
2011: A male seen displaying (call/wing-flap) on 17th January. A “harem” of 3 females seen on Hampreston Fields, 29th March 2011 with a male heard from the West Fields shortly afterwards.
2012: 2 separate males heard calling on 28th May, 1 in Emily’s Wood and 1 from the Marsh.
2015: 3 together, a male with two females, on the West Fields, 18th February 2015 (Dominic Couzens)
2016: Proof of breeding came with a female seen with 4 weakly-flying young, 10th June (Roger Peart).

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