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Monday, 17 February 2014

Male REEVES' PHEASANT in field margin near water tower at Gaddesden Row today, reported by Alan King.

Male REEVES' PHEASANT in field margin near water tower at Gaddesden Row today, reported by Alan King - only a couple of weeks since a Male GOLDEN PHEASANT was seen at Piccotts End - it seems a number of ornamental birds may have escaped from a private collection locally so look out for other exotics in fields, woods & gardens N of the town.



  1. Wow, I saw a male Reeves's pheasant in Gaddesden Row on Saturday 8th March. I emailed the RSPB to inform them but haven't had a reply yet.

    1. Hi there, thank you for your comment. That's great & thank you for letting me know, it's good to get a re-sighting. Where abouts was it this time?

      If you see any interesting birds such as this you can report it to the Herts Bird Club & they will greatly appreciate the very valuable records. The records also get seen & used by the other important bodies such as the BTO & RSPB. Their website is & the sightings submission page is at

      You are always welcome to leave comments here or contact me too, especially if it is regarding birds or nature around the Hemel Hempstead area, I would really appreciate that.

      Thanks again, Dan.

    2. Hi Dan,

      It was along the Gaddesden Row road (coming away from Clements End). It emerged from fields on the right hand side, in an area shortly before you get to the Chequers pub. It blew me away, what a striking bird. I feel honoured to have seen it, just wish I'd been able to get a photo.

      I will get in touch with the Herts Bird Club as suggested.


    3. Thanks Jules, that's great. They certainly are amazing birds & I'm yet to see see one in the 'wild', even if it does originate from a collection! Let us know if you see it again or get any pics.

      Good luck, Dan.


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