Empty nest syndrome!!!
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I just checked the eggs and only two hadn't hatched so there may have been 9 chicks but I only managed to count 8.
Mother Pheasant moved the chicks from the nest late afternoon yesterday.
Can you spot her - lurking under my Delphinium with all of the chicks under her wings!
This is the end of the garden nearest to the path round to the field.
I think she was hoping for an early morning getaway.
Suddenly the tiny chicks scattered.
Can you see the huge bumblebee on the right - it gave them quite a fright - but I guess they had never seen anything so large and buzzy yet!!
They seemed delighted to be able to roam and feed in the field.
She kept clucking to them and they all tucked under her wings if she bobbed down.
I always thought pheasants were silly birds but this one certainly knew what she was doing.
Job well done girl!
Thanks for all your comments - I am glad I am not totally bonkers and that others are just as fascinated by nature as I am.