Monday, March 10, 2014

A Fine Visitor

Yesterday I was in the kitchen when Mr. Squash exclaimed there was a pheasant in the back yard.  I'm not sure why, but the vision of a peacock came to mind first.  Probably because when I was a child we lived down the street from the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle.  Every so often one of their peacocks, a feisty bird named Freddie, would escape and wind up in our backyard.  When I got a little older I realized that Freddie escaped on purpose on Sunday's because my mom would feed him leftover pancakes from breakfast until his keepers could get there to retrieve him!  Obviously he liked my mom's pancakes more than what he was fed at the zoo!


I think I'll call this pheasant Freddie, too!  No doubt he was either looking for food (sorry Freddie, no pancakes here today) or hiding from the local Pheasant hunting club.  We told him he would have a safe haven from hunters here at the Squash House for as long as he wants!  Guess I'd better make pancakes next Sunday - even if Freddie doesn't visit again, Mr. Squash will be happy!

22 comments:

Kaaren said...

We've started seeing pheasants in our neck of the woods as well, Candace. I love the noises they make...kinda like the "Aflack" duck. We usually have a pair nesting under one of the low-branched evergreen trees in the "back forty" of our property. I hope they return this spring.

Lesley said...

Such a beautiful visitor! I'm sure he will love your pancakes!

QuilterPattiO said...

Such a beautiful bird. We have roadrunner that visits our backyard. Always such a thrill.

Stephanie said...

Freddie is a handsome fellow. Love the peacock/pancake story. Glad this new Freddie has a place to hide from folks with guns!!!

Me and My Stitches said...

We used to see lots of pheasant growing up, but they are a rarity around here now. Enjoy him!

Jackie said...

I loved hearing the story from your childhood. No pheasants here - he's a beauty!

Needled Mom said...

What an elegant looking bird! I wouldn't mind seeing one of those in my yard.

Tammy said...

Wow, he is gorgeous, what a wonderful surprise to see. I love your story about Freddie and your Mom's pancakes. That is just so funny and what a great memory. Hugs!!

Sue said...

I had to giggle over your story of the pancakes and peacock :-D What a lovely surprise in your backyard to see. Gorgeous bird !

pratima said...

I couldn't stop smiling, reading the story of Freddie, the pancake loving peacock! Beautiful pheasant and how lucky for him, that you planning to make pancakes!

Jeanna said...

Pheasants are such pretty birds. And your Freddie is a PHine one :) (Sorry, I couldn't resist...we'll blame it on the time change)

That was one smart peacock to return for your Mom's pancakes...no fool either.

Michele said...

What an interesting bird to see in your backyard!

B J Elder said...

Very handsome fellow, that Freddie!

Nancie Anne Quilts said...

We live on a bit larger acage than we used to, but no longer have pheasants chuck-chucking out back. I miss our Phreddie Pheasants!

Mary said...

What a fine visitor. Hope for your sake, he sticks around for your pancakes!

Ulla said...

Handsome Freddie! Just wait and see how his colours will be brighter and the red in his face will grow bigger when he gets ready to charm the ladies. He'll be almost as colourful as a peacock. The pancake story is lovely!

Louise said...

This is really a great time of year for spotting birds of all types. On Sunday on a drive home from La Conner via country roads or as my dear husband calls it "the scenic route" we spotted 23 eagles perched all within approx. 1 mile vicinity. Yesterday morning driving home from errands again viewed close to a dozen. 7 perched in one tree. Numerous woodpeckers etc. At our backyard feeders and suet. I love spring! Your Freddie is one handsome fella.

Brenda said...

Oh....he's beautiful. I have them in my little backyard often because my yard backs up to open wetlands. They enjoy eating my dog's food (which he is more than willing to share in the hopes he gets something better. lol). I love them.

Carrie P. said...

He looks so majestic! how cool! what a great memory you have of the peacock.

Houseelf said...

What a wonderful memory. I think your new Freddie is very handsome. They are a symbol of Autumn for me as some escape from coops in woodland where they have been raised for the shoots. The colours are beautiful.

Anne said...

He sure is pretty. When we lived in Calif, the neighborhood somehow acquired a peacock. If you left your garage door open,he'd just wander in and eat all the pet food. Or, he'd land on your patio furniture umbrella and rip it to shreds. We called him "Petey". No, we didn't feed him pancakes, but can still hear his call. Always sounded like "HELP" to me. LOL

Prairie Stitcher said...

Freddie will be very happy and safe if he stays with you, no doubt about it. Hey, if you feed him enough of those pancakes, he may become too chunky to fly away! Both he and his hens will just have to hunker down until the pancakes run out. Lovely company for the summer. Is this a plan?