Pheasants years ago were very common to see in farm fields…
but now we see very few unless they are escapees from a game farm. I have no way of knowing if this is the case or it has been wild and free since it was hatched. It was introduced from Eurasia for game hunting, being North America’s most popular upland game bird.
See it hiding? As a kid, I would see them burst in flight from the fields reaching speeds of nearly 40 miles per hour. You might wonder how these birds fare in winter. During especially foul weather, they remain dormant for up to three days waiting for fields to become without snow cover. The can forage from trees and shrubs as well. They eat seed and grain from the farm fields, as well as grass vegetation, wild fruit and nut from trees and ground plants, and even insects.
It flies or runs away when spotted, but where is it going?
Not out of sight from the looks of things. Still has its eye on me. Pretty bird with a few creative edits to its surroundings.