I woke suddenly this morning at 4am and then heard a loud squawking outside. I immediately knew who was prowling round the garden.
He has stayed on the fields all winter with his harem of ladies, but now he is patrolling the garden as if he owns it. Pheasants have a reputation for eating snakeshead fritillary flowers, and last year he had quite a few of my flowers.
Now is the time to try and make him think that there is already another pheasant who owns the woodland. Our lovely daughter gave me this rusty pheasant last year as part of my birthday present, we will now see if it works.
Do you think it will fool him? Hopefully, if he just has a quick look, he might be fooled into going away. How does he remember the snakes head fritillaries from one year to the next? How does he know just when to come? The vertical leaves beyond the pheasant belong to the fritillaries and some already have their flower buds showing, I don’t want to find that any have been eaten this year. If this doesn’t work, I have plans B and C waiting in the wings, plan D involves a large casserole and a nice hot oven!