Why did the pheasant cross the road?

Why did the pheasant cross the road?

Yes … that’s right. A pheasant crosses the road a couple of kilometres before Newstead on the Newstead – Castlemaine road. Symes Road was the nearest corner although you would never really know as there is not a sign to name it. And yes … the picture is lousy.

Bad picture of a pheasant crossing the road in the rain.

Speculation … why is this bird – probably a Chinese Ringneck – Phasianus colchicus torquatus – (or a mutant cross?) wandering around our region?

One immediately thinks ‘escaped’ and this is almost certainly the case. And I cannot help wondering if the recent heavy rains might have contributed to the situation. Rains that flooded caravan parks and houses might also have flooded aviaries and animal pens. If we find out more, we’ll add it here.

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