[CT Birds] Ring-necked Pheasants

James Taylor jtaylor274 at gmail.com
Wed Mar 10 20:37:17 EST 2010

hello Dennis - as you may know (or not).... I'm a Coventry native who
now lives in Boston.  Sooo... Whenever I'm in CT I try to do some
birding.... my experiences in the last couple years have been the
following -

 - cut corn field on corner of North River Rd and Rt 44 in North
Coventy - right at the corner where the glass factory museum is -
12/27/08 - 5 males
 - I've noticed them there before and/or after but have no notes ...
there's a hunting club I believe down on Merrow Rd but that's a bit
away from this site, whether they're released or not, I have no idea.
James Taylor

On 3/10/10, Dennis Varza <dennisvz at optonline.net> wrote:
> 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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