Our rule of thumb with pheasants on the NJ World
Series of Birding was to hold a hand out toward it. If the bird
came toward you, don't count
it; if it walked away, check
it off. Not terribly scientific!
On 1/14/2021 6:33 PM, zach
Well, all Ring-necked pheasants in North America
are descendents of artificially introduced birds, but the
species is established and countable in New York. For ABA
purposes, this pheasant is probably not countable because it can
reasonably be separated from wild, naturally occurring members
of its species due to its location at a release site. However,
it can and should still be reported to eBird, where researchers
can specifically search for introduced and exotic birds.
are we not allowed to "count" them? I was pretty
excited to see one. I'm embarrassed if everyone knows
they are artificially introduced and therefore nothing
to get excited about.
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Well look what I found, this link
shows that the pheasants are released in the
Washington County State Forest, which I presume to
be that trail on Blackhouse Rd as our hotspot holds
that same name, for youth hunts: https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/9349.html
I swear there used to be a release
further up on Rt 41 in Kingsbury/Smith's Basin
ages ago as well but that was word-of-mouth.
On Thu, Jan 14, 2021, 5:51 PM zach
I believe the state releases them
there for hunters. (Or so a ranger told me once
when he saw me walking along the new trail and
mistook my scope for a firearm.)
a Ring-necked Pheasant walking across
the front lawn of house #323 on
Blackhouse Rd. at the F. E. Grslnds at
3:27 p.m. today.
of 4:35 p.m., no Short-eared Owls were
showing up for the 10 car loads of
hopeful folks waiting in the Plum Rd.
Theater parking area.
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