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Aren't pheasants thick?

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by betty swollocks, 12 Oct 2007.

  1. betty swollocks

    betty swollocks large member

    Where I am, there are loads of 'em half-grown and wandering aimlessly in gaggles(?) (what's the collective noun for pheasants?) in the country lanes.
    You round a corner and come across a cluster of them and they all scatter running ahead of you, like roadrunner, but not as fast. Of course they can't outrun you and you edge ever nearer. Finally and at the very last moment before you are actually amongst them, it finally dawns on them that they can actually fly and they, as one explode into the air with a flurry of squawking and beating wings.
    Idiots!
     
  2. walker

    walker New Member

    Location:
    Bromley, Kent
    I'm surprised you've seen live ones, all the ones near me get run over
     
  3. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    :blush: my bro observes this, how if a pheasant is caught in the middle of the road as you're driving towards it, instead of running at 90 degrees towards the side of the road as any normal animal would, it runs AWAY from the car, i.e. in the same direction as it! I just say, 'well, just overtake it then' (!)
     
  4. wafflycat

    wafflycat New Member

    Location:
    middle of Norfolk
    Pheasants do not have large brains and what they have seems a bit dim, 'tis true.
     
  5. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    Reminds me of a story that happened one morning at my last job... the company was right in the middle of the peak district, and the caretaker chap was a bit of a country bumpkin, he wore cords and the action gilet out of the news of the world, and had a fairly 'ruddy' face. One morning, he came in with a brace of pheasants, and was telling us how he planned to cook them in a pie for him and his wife that weekend, clearly quite proud of his kill.
    So I think he felt slightly deflated when I said, "ah, nice! run 'em over on the way in, did you?" :blush: :angry: :biggrin: After a bit of a silence, someone leant over and said quietly to me, "er... I think he shot them."
     
  6. Elmer Fudd

    Elmer Fudd Miserable Old Bar Steward

    Get this, a group of pheasants is called .....a bouquet of...!

    (not bucket !)

    Edit:- If it's a very large group it's ....a nye of....
     
  7. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    I doubt if pheasants evolved to have great road sense. If you put them in their natural environment and then go and try and catch one you might find that you have to re-evaluate your opinion of them.
     
  8. Can't be that hard.

    After all, if a load of p*ssed-out-of-their-brains aristos with shotguns can do it...
     
  9. alecstilleyedye

    alecstilleyedye nothing in moderation Staff Member

    take the h out and we've a cracking soapbox topic…
     
  10. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    Well obviously if you are going to employ firearms then you could say the same about any creature on the planet, including other humans.

    Mr. Stilleyedye, A jolly good suggestion sir, would you care to kick it off. :blush:
     
  11. alecstilleyedye

    alecstilleyedye nothing in moderation Staff Member

    it might be a bit pot and kettle…
     
  12. OP
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    betty swollocks

    betty swollocks large member

    Elmer: did you know that off the top of your head?
    If you did: virtual plaudits!
     
  13. Wasn't a it a peasant that Willie Whitelaw shot ?
     
  14. Elmer Fudd

    Elmer Fudd Miserable Old Bar Steward

    I knew the bouquet one, I got told it when living and working in Leicestershire (my immediate response to my mate was "Pish off, you're pulling my plonker"), but it was verified as right.

    :blush: I have to admit though, I looked up 'a bouquet of pheasants' and found 'nye' :angry:

    See here for all sorts of different grouping names
     
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    betty swollocks

    betty swollocks large member

    Elmer: that's a wonderful site: I've bookmarked it!
    I can can bore for England (or Scotland, I'm anglo-Scottish) with my vast amount of mental dross and the trivia contained therein is most welcome:biggrin:.