strange looking bird seen in my garden

  bumpkin 19:21 19 Mar 2018
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It was first seen by my daughter who asked me what it was. My nearest guess was a pheasant. It stayed for about 4 hrs and if approached ran off rather than flying. By posting photos and doing some research she identified it as a Red Legged Partridge. Not the sort of thing I see everyday.

  Belatucadrus 19:52 19 Mar 2018

We have them around occasionally but they're far from regular, pheasants we see every day, they roost in the copse at the bottom of our garden and every evening as the light starts to fade we have a bout a dozen troop down the lawn before flying into the branches.

  morddwyd 19:54 19 Mar 2018

Also known as Frenchmen.

In some parts of the country, here for instance, they are more widespread than the common, o Grey, partridges as some estates feel they provide better sport.

Red legs are so common up here, and Greys sufficiently scarce that a few years ago we were asked to report all Greys, like red squirrels, but whether that is still going I don't know.

  bumpkin 20:50 19 Mar 2018

I am in the SE just outside London so never seen one before. I would love to live somewhere more rural but can't face the thought of moving or being even colder.

  Aitchbee 07:42 20 Mar 2018

I would love to live somewhere more rural but can't face the thought of moving or being even colder.

bumpkin, take heart from the plight of migratory birds, who are not deterred by such trivial discomforts ;o]

  morddwyd 09:38 20 Mar 2018

I have a foot in both camps. Although I always say I am Cardiff born and bred, in fact I spent the first eight years of my life in a small village (at least it was small until swallowed by Cwmbran!) in the Easter Valley in South Wales, and the next seven in Cardiff itself,

Of course, once I joined the RAF I was always rural, sometimes decidedly so!

Could no more take to city life now (unless it was Vienna!) than I could watch Eastenders!

For some years there was a covey of, unusually, Greys in the field opposite but intensive cereal growth, and consequent constant spraying, has driven them away.

However, to stagger on to the landing on a winter's morn and see 200 - 500 Greylags, newly arrived from Iceland, refuelling on his winter barley shoots just 200 yards away is some compensation!

  bumpkin 18:12 20 Mar 2018

Curious to know where it may have come from if it cant fly very far.

  morddwyd 19:23 20 Mar 2018

They have no problem flying, but like most game birds they are reluctant to do so, preferring to scuttle away. Thar's why you need beaters and dogs to flush them.

  bumpkin 20:12 20 Mar 2018

They have no problem flying,

What sort of distance, I would quite like it to return should it wish to. Just can't think of anywhere around here where it may have come from. Any more info on this as now retired I am developing an interest in things that I would previously not given a second thought to.

  Aitchbee 21:06 20 Mar 2018

bumpkin, it's worthwhile installing a bird-feeder in your garden as you never know what might turn up.

click here

  morddwyd 06:14 21 Mar 2018

Having been hunted for centuries they are very wary of human contact even when they are hand reared.

Like most wild things they need food and breeding sites and such are not plentiful in the average garden. They are ground nesters so cats and urban foxes are a problem. So would gulls in certain areas.Yhey are also somewhat specialised feeders. If you know theyvare present yo could try a pheasant mix.

If you've got pheasants and greys you may get red legs, but to be honest you'r more likely to get deer in you garden than red legs.

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