[CT Birds] Ring-necked Pheasants

Greg Hanisek ghanisek at rep-am.com
Wed Mar 10 18:26:30 EST 2010

By coincidence I heard one calling today as well, in farmland in Watertown, 
in an area where they are definitely released. I agree completely with 
Dennis that the 2 sites he mentioned hold reproducing pheasants. Another 
place that did (and probably still does) is the Manresa power plant property 
in Norwalk, but access there now is essentially nonexistent. There are 
probably some other places as well, but when you get out into open farmland 
it's probably impossible to separate breeders (if there are any) from 
released birds.

Greg Hanisek

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Dennis Varza" <dennisvz at optonline.net>
To: "Posting Bird List" <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
Sent: Wednesday, March 10, 2010 4:23 PM
Subject: [CT Birds] Ring-necked Pheasants

> Hi Folks
> Today I had my first Ring-necked calling from the Pine Creek Open  Space 
> in Fairfield.
> The Ring-necked Pheasant is a misfit in Connecticut. It is an  introduced 
> species that is found every year, but its status is  problematical. 
> Hundreds are released each year by gun clubs and many  survive until 
> spring. The question is, is the species established  like the Starling or 
> Rock Pigeon, or is its survival due to the  continued replenishment each 
> year?
> At Pine Creek in Fairfield and Seaside Park in Bridgeport I'm sure  they 
> are self sustaining populations. But what about the rest of the  state? I 
> would like to get reports of birds to get a handle on their  distribution 
> and would like to hear any judgments  as to wether they  are released 
> birds or not. This is the best time of year to find them  since they have 
> a distinctive call.
> Thank You
> Dennis Varza
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