Anyway, for the next 3 days we walked past the nest. My dog stops to have a sniff, but can't reach the nest, well she could, but doesn't. She's very good at things like this. Now that I know where it is I could just make out the tail of the pheasant, so we'd walk on. However yesterday she wasn't on the nest. I didn't think anything of it at the time, after all she has to feed herself. But this morning she wasn't there again, so I decided to have a look. It was full of eggs, but they were cold as I touched the top one. So I imagine she has been killed. The road is not busy, but it is just a few yards from a fairly busy road where drivers regularly drive at 60 mph, so no pheasant would stand a chance. Pity about the eggs, but I don't know anything about pheasants.
I've been feeding a robin in the wood. Again my dog found her nest on the ground - I was amazed where she's nested, but so far no-one else has found the nest. We had about 10 days of solid rain and cold weather, so every day I'd drop off 6 mealworms for her. Now we are back to having nice weather, and there are plenty of insects around, so she probably doesn't need my mealworms, but I'll carry on. I usually get mealworms at this time of year for the insectivorous birds as we always have a bad patch of weather, and this just helps out a bit.