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New Pheasant Crowing Count Number!!!!!

Today was my second count through a section of the Central Susquehanna WPRA. Last year my high was around 62 birds crowing along the nine mile route with stops every mile and that was the current record. This number has gone up every year since we started the program.

Sundays are always the best days for hearing birds as the road noise is at a minumum. I had our chapter president along today as he had never been on the route. After the number of birds we counted at the first stop, I told him we could be setting a new record today. Little did I know the record we would be setting. We heard a total of 143 birds this morning! I was amazed. After the doubling of our flushing survey numbers, I expected numbers to go up but this even surprised me. Two easy winters have created a big increase in numbers. We just need to increase the quality of the habitat so a harder winter doesn't set us back too far.

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Re: New Pheasant Crowing Count Number!!!!!

What!!!!! As a young man I used to participate in unofficial crowing counts in Berks County, we never counted over 100 birds and this was in the early 70's. That's fantastic!

OK NO MORE --, THE PLAN IS WORKING, IT'S TIME MORE PEOPLE STEP UP!

It's breeding,training...and something unknown.
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Glad to hear the good news.
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Wish they could be this successful in the southwest region.
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Wish they could be this successful in the southwest region.
They absolutely, positively, can be!

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Excellent news and good work! That is exciting!
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Think about it, that's 143 WILD ROOSTERS in just 9 stops. That's not going looking for these birds, so how many were there or out of hearing distance? I can only imagine how many pheasants were in this stretch! If this doesn't get you excited, you should have your pulse checked! People, to expand this all you need is 30-40 acres of this type of cover in every 1-2 square miles!All of these
WILD PHEASANTS are getting ready to mate and nest, so what is it going to be like next year! ALL THIS WAS ACCOMPLISHED BY JUST A HANDFUL OF PEOPLE!

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Are the birds spreading out into areas where they were not originally released. I am not talking marginal habitat but some of the crep areas towards PottsGrove.
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Very good to hear, thanks for posting.
With progressive changes in AG and land management practices I think Pa. could once again see a golden age of upland hunting.

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Are the birds spreading out into areas where they were not originally released. I am not talking marginal habitat but some of the crep areas towards PottsGrove.
The birds are spreading alright, right now it's mostly within the WPRA's. Remember this is just the beginning, it's going to take a lot of work and MANPOWER. If there are area's outside of the WPRA's that have sufficient cover to support a wild population, there would need to be corridors of habitat for the birds to get there.If the area was large enough to support a wild population and there was no possibility for connecting habitat,I would guess a trap-n- transfer would be possible in the future.
But right NOW there is an area in Pennsylvania that is experiencing a fantastic growth in the WILD RINGNECK PHEASANT. Sounds pretty good doesn't it!

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