Russian immigrants stake their claim

On Wednesday evening, in the dark, the gardens around the village hall resonated to the territorial calls of Pheasants.

The cock birds, which have survived the shooting season, were staking their territories with a wonderful cacophony which must be a slice of sound from their native Russian Caucasus. Each male has an ambitious plan to gather a harem of hens and the competition is fierce. As the gamekeeper’s feeders are removed the focuses of territories change to the gardens – Pheasants are partial to the area under bird tables.

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