Ptarmigans (grouse) in the garden with PHOTO

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Ptarmigans (grouse) in the garden with PHOTO

Post by Yorkshire Kris » Sun Sep 08, 2013 8:29 am

Bet that title got you interested? :D

Two strange birds in the garden this morning. Looked a bit like female pheasants but with a stubby tail. What could they be? Alexa got a photo so I will add it later. It was very cold this morning so a ptarmigan would have been at home.
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Re: Ptarmigans in the garden?

Post by Dave Brown » Sun Sep 08, 2013 12:34 pm

Don't think Ptarmigans are seen outside of Scotand are they ? A Grouse is more likely if you have heather moors nearby.
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Re: Ptarmigans in the garden?

Post by Conifers » Sun Sep 08, 2013 5:17 pm

Bet they'll be Red-legged Partridges, refugees from some nearby shooting estate.
Dave Brown wrote:Don't think Ptarmigans are seen outside of Scotand are they ?
Nope, at least not since the Ice Ages! And only above about 600-800 metres in Scotland, too.


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Re: Ptarmigans in the garden?

Post by Yorkshire Kris » Sun Sep 08, 2013 5:31 pm

They were dull brown/grey like a female of the species.


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Post by call » Sun Sep 08, 2013 5:32 pm

yeah I thought your garden was just a teensy tiny bit to warm for them :wink:
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Post by Yorkshire Kris » Sun Sep 08, 2013 6:16 pm

Ok I didn't really think they were ptarmigans but don't know what these two birds are?
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Re: Ptarmigans (grouse) in the garden with PHOTO

Post by Dave Brown » Sun Sep 08, 2013 7:27 pm

There is also a Capercaillie, where the female is similar shape but with a longer tail, but the males are almost waist high and very aggressive. I'm sure if they were to take up residence in your garden you'd move out after a while. :lol:
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Post by call » Sun Sep 08, 2013 8:59 pm

yeah they are grouse of some kind
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Re: Ptarmigans in the garden?

Post by Conifers » Sun Sep 08, 2013 10:37 pm

Yorkshire Kris wrote:Ok I didn't really think they were ptarmigans but don't know what these two birds are?
Pheasant poults - tails not grown yet!


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Re: Ptarmigans in the garden?

Post by Yorkshire Kris » Mon Sep 09, 2013 7:22 am

Conifers wrote:
Yorkshire Kris wrote:Ok I didn't really think they were ptarmigans but don't know what these two birds are?
Pheasant poults - tails not grown yet!

The consensus on Facebook was Red Grouse but as pheasants are very common round here you are probably right although I expected a tail.


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