My hen pheasant left her nest to sneak round to my bird feeder and feast on the crumbs and seeds dropped beneath it.
Minutes later another female pheasant came into my garden and enticed her away into the field where they spent a few minutes grazing.
My pheasant seemed reluctant too go far away from the hedge.
BUT - a cock pheasant made his way across the field and the second female walked away.
The cock pheasant put himself between the my hen pheasant and the hedge.
Then (and this is where Annie says I was being a bit voyeuristic!) he jumped on the hen, pinning her to the ground and pecking her head. Of course they were mating and, never having witnessed it before, I had no idea how violent pheasants could be!
Within minutes it was over and my hen pheasant flew back over the hedge and returned to her nest, aparently none the worse for wear.
I think the eggs had been left for about half an hour in total. It has been so very cold and wet I really doubt that any will hatch but, if they do, it should be today or tomorrow. Fingers crossed!!!