Pheasants and Turkeys in December

By , December 26, 2012 11:37 pm
Pheasant fleeing 12/25/2012

Pheasant fleeing on Christmas Day

This is the time of year that some birds become a bit more visible because what foliage was available for cover in the Summer and Fall is diminished. In the last few days we have been seeing Ring-necked Pheasants around our house and at our feeder.   They had been missing since September.  Today we saw a Wild Turkey on County Rd 1 in Elmdale, on the way to St Cloud.

There aren’t many birds that hang around here in Winter.   The last Red-winged Blackbird was visible on 12/15/12 (we haven’t given up hope that one or two are hanging around but we haven’t see them lately).   So, we try to count any straggler we find.  We have been hearing Kingfishers around the area but we haven’t seen one in quite a while.   We had a tree sparrow a few days ago.

Ring-necked Pheasant at the feeder

Ring-necked Pheasant at the feeder

We are hoping that a Northern Shrike stops by.  They are visible every year but are not predictable.

Below is another photo of a pheasant. It is a bit soft because it is taken through 3 layers of glass.

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