Ringneck Pheasant makes the count in Fairbanks Alaska???

Discussion in 'Pheasants and Partridge (Chukar)' started by frostbite, Dec 22, 2011.

  1. frostbite

    frostbite Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 27, 2011
    Fairbanks, Alaska
    Every winter they do a Christmas bird count up here, and this year, a ring neck pheasant was spotted. It had also been spotted over a month earlier, and therefore had clearly survived a week long cold snap where temps got down to 30-40 below zero. It appears to be surviving on choke cherries.


    They think it is a domestic bird that got out of it's pen, since they're not indigenous, and they haven't been introduced, and it's a pretty darned long flight for a pheasant.

    This though, is evidence that a lot of these birds are a lot hardier than we expect.

    Other birds in the count, many ravens, red poll finches, chickadees, pigeons, and mallards. But also a goshawk, (I didn't know they would winter over)
    Magpies, gray jays, woodpeckers, shrikes, waxwings, nuthatches, ptarmigan, spruce hens, ruffed grouse, a couple other duck species (mostly goldeneye, and a merganser), and a few robins and juncos that forgot to migrate out.

    Gives me confidence that my chickens will do fine in this climate.
    Last edited: Dec 22, 2011
  2. deserthotwings

    deserthotwings Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 1, 2011
    Queen Creek AZ
    Thanks for sharing this with us. Pretty amazing. And I was concerned about mine when the mercury dipped down to 40 last week. They certainly are hardy birds. Hope this guy finds some food.
  3. frostbite

    frostbite Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 27, 2011
    Fairbanks, Alaska
    He's apparently finding enough to get by, still looking healthy after over a month of freeze dried fruit. But if he's looking for bugs, he's gonna have to come to my house and clean out the spiders for me!

  4. Tony K T

    Tony K T Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 28, 2008
    New Hampshire
    Make sure he has food if he doesn't get caught.Throw some berries and fruit out for him.If he survives being some animals dinner,it would be ashamed that he died because he has no food.
    I shipped silvers to Ancorage,Alaska a few years back,and the guy said they do great.Just need to keep the drafts off from them and they will do great.
    In N.H.,Tony.

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