Got a few crabapples for pollination in my yard. We have very heavy snow cover for this late in the season. I have seen as many as three pheasant roosters in my trees at once. pretty cool!
That's fun, I miss seeing pheasants...miss eating them more.
do they fall out of the trees?
around here we have a "problem" with cedar waxwings eating the fermented crabapples late in winter....they get loaded, some fall to the ground, some fly about erratically and miss their landings....it provides good amusement at a local library with 3 big trees and a well placed window.
I was skeptical when I first heard of it, but a local wildlife biologist confirmed that it is a common phenomena.
I suspect it is variety dependent...they must need a pretty high brix to get any significant alcohol build up.
When I lived in California, in september, year after year, birds would hit my windows, and only in September. Sometimes I would get home from work and find a dead one under the patio door. And everyone was convinced that they were drunk from Pyracantha berries. I ended up believing it too.
Update! FIVE roosters at once. -12F last nite. I think they're getting pretty hungry so I'm going throw out some mixed grains chicken feed for them. I have seen them fall from the tree but pheasant roosters are pretty clumsy flyers.