It seems that the pond may be an attraction for a bird I’d never seen near my garden before:
I couldn’t believe my eyes, as this is the first pheasant I’ve ever seen in the area. Perhaps he was on a reconnoitring mission in search of water because it is very dry. After a drought last year, followed by a dry winter and no rain on my patch since last month, I wouldn’t be surprised.
Alternatively, the bird network is spreading the message that there’s a quiet little pond which is such fun to bathe in and the pheasant just couldn’t resist a peek. In any case, he didn’t venture off the fence, so I hope his curiosity was satisfied.
The other birds continue to amuse. Here’s a photo of a pigeon rummaging around in the front garden. It (not sure of its sex) came with two pals and I wonder if it is the same group that congregated round the pond recently.
I never knew I would find birds such fun to observe.