COCKIE and OLLY REVISITED
I fear the old Cockie and his consort Ollie have gone for good-perhaps wandered onto farmer R's land during a shoot. But in their place we have Cocky Mark II-all bright and gleaming ready to strut at the drop of peanut. The other bird might well be a second Ollie. But I wonder at its gender. It looks like a Hen but on the other hand it could be an immature male not yet awarded his team colours. Certainly Cocky treats it as a rival male and chases him around the wood pile until they both get dizzy. On the other hand we might be missing something. She might be a nubile young virgin ready to have a good flirt but not yet to lie down and think of Scotland.Its a bit early for such goings on and although to drop peanuts is seasonal. The same, in correct Pheasant etiquette may not apply to
Another sign of global warming?
(If any twitcher can confirm Ollie's gender-one way or the other. Many thanks)