This week’s photo, taken October 11, 2015 on private property on Whidbey Island, WA, features a male RING-NECKED PHEASANT with an above average IQ.
It’s hunting season up here in the northwest, and while we were staying with friends on Whidbey Island this past weekend, we could hear the hunters off in the distance. Designated fields are stocked with RING-NECKED PHEASANTS, a game bird introduced to North America from Asia. Hunters use dogs to flush the pheasants, then the hunters aim and shoot when the the birds take flight.
Some of the pheasants have an above average IQ. Those would be the ones that wander out of the hunting fields and onto neighboring private land, where hunting is not permitted.
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