Thursday, 19 June 2008

Pheasant and chick sunbathing


Up early this morning and found the pheasant and her chick drying their feathers on the back terrace, mum on the table and babe on the chair. The mother isn't shy but this is the first time she's come this close. I did offer her sesame seeds as a bribe but I should really teach her to be frightened of humans, I know.

7 comments:

Kate Hardy said...

Lovely pics, Susie - and how fantastic that you got to see the baby with her as well. Although we've had a pheasant visiting us recently, it was a cock rather than a hen. I was quite surprised that my spaniel ignored it, consdering how much he loves stalking wood pigeons.

And what a gorgeous garden.

Susie Vereker said...

Thank you, Kate. I am much keener on pheasants than woodpigeons too -we have far too many.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Oh my gosh to have a pheasant in your garden is wonderful. I love to see birds with their chicks in the garden. Pheasants have been introduced in our state (Indiana) but I have never seen one any closer to our garden than 60 miles.

I have read some other posts here on your blog Susie. I really enjoyed them.

How long did it take for your climbing hydrangea to start blooming? I have had one for 5 years and it hasn't bloomed yet. I did move it once becasue I thought it wasn't getting enough sun. It gets some morning sun now. It hasn't grown very well either. I had read where they are so vigorous. Mine has not proven that theory as after all this time it is whimpy. I haven't given up on it yet.

The garden picture during your London trip is gorgeous. All those flowers blooming in along that path. WOW

Susie Vereker said...

Thanks for visiting, Lisa. The garden with the wonderful 'mirror' boarders is in Hampshire, by the way, not so far from here.
Hydrangea petiolaris - I'm just trying to remember how long mine took to bloom. I have one on a north wall and one on an east wall that doesn't get much sun either due to trees, and both are planted in poor shallow soil between house and terrace. I think I was a little disappointed with the east-facing one for its first few years but now it is marvellous too. So I guess maybe they take a while to get going. Perhaps they don't bloom until they have established themselves by clinging to the same wall for a few years.

sablonneuse said...

How lovely to seemum and chick so close. There were pheasants in the wild part of our neighbour's garden in Norfolk. Sometimes they would come across our grass but never that near.

Nan said...

They are absolutely precious. And I love your terrace/patio and beautiful yard.

Susie Vereker said...

Thank you, Nan. That's so kind.