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Game birds of Chautauqua County

July 12, 2009
Observer Today

Recently I received a few photos from Kathleen Kofod from Cherry Creek of a visitor to her yard that she named Phinneas. Phinneas happens to be a pheasant she has visiting her property. It is one of several game birds we have in our county, and the submission of the picture reminded me that I have not covered this group of wild birds in the past. The four members of this group found in our county in addition to the Pheasant, are the Wild Turkey and the Ruffed Grouse, which are reported as all year birds, and the Northern Bobwhite, which has been reported occasionally in our county during mid-summers. Worldwide it is estimated that this group consists of 183 species, 12 species in North America, and, the four mentioned that are found in our county.



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