Early yesterday morning I looked out the window and saw these visitors... Momma pheasant and her 2 chicks! She is usually very shy (unlike the male who is often at this spot - I showed his photo earlier this summer) and it is unusual for her to be so close to the house. BUT the back field was recently mowed - so in order to get to the yummy flowers/seeds that they like to eat, they came closer to the house - the back slope is not mowed yet and the grass is very deep. You actually can't see the top of the chicks heads when they are in the deep grass - here they just jumped up onto the rock. Momma kept a very watchful eye the entire time.
I did try to post this yesterday, but for some reason Blogger only posted the title - no photo or text! So, I am trying again today.