[CT Birds] Ring-necked Pheasants
boletebill at yahoo.com
Wed Mar 10 18:48:42 EST 2010
Just out of curiousity does anyone know of a report in CT of Pheasants with young in the past decade? I assume that some areas of the State have hold-over populations because of good habitat and little hunting pressure but I've never heard wild young birds reported. Anybody?
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--- On Wed, 3/10/10, Greg Hanisek <ghanisek at rep-am.com> wrote:
From: Greg Hanisek <ghanisek at rep-am.com>
Subject: Re: [CT Birds] Ring-necked Pheasants
To: "Dennis Varza" <dennisvz at optonline.net>
Cc: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
Date: Wednesday, March 10, 2010, 6:26 PM
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.
----- 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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