A few days ago Joanna of No 42 spotted an unusual visitor in her garden and wondered if it was a rare breed chicken. Peter and Gill of No 30, in whose garden the creature next appeared, believe it is a pheasant that has lost its tail. They kindly shared the following video. It has since flown off. Thank you everyone who enquired after the fate of the ‘chicken’… (as I described it in my email to members of this website).
And from Chris Riddell (from his Facebook post)
Connie Mander says
Such handsome birds, but perhaps now we know he is a pheasant and not a domesticated bird it might be time to give the RSPCA or a wildlife rescue a call? Then he can be housed safely until his tail feathers regrow before being released. I’m very surprised the foxes haven’t nabbed him yet!
STOP PRESS. Just heard from the Jo and Chris at No 28 that the pheasant is with them. It’s working its way down the road. This post now has a poem to the pheasant by Chris (see above).
( I promise not to keep this saga going for much longer. I don’t want to risk triggering unsubscribes from these notifications…)