A golden pheasant had been spotted several times over two weeks in parts of Birch Hill. The bird – pictured above – was finally captured on Sunday in Qualitas, after spending its time there and on the neighbouring street of Quintilis.
A resident managed to coax the bird into their living room, then call Aimee Wallis from Crowthorne bird sanctuary Raven Haven to come and collect him.
Adrian Moss, one of the residents who had seen the bird, said: “It appeared walking, actually strutting, in our garden and proceeded to walk down the drive and amble about the neighbours’ front gardens. We managed to capture some still images and a video of it, as it was an amazing bird to see.”
There are estimated to be only 50-100 breeding pairs of golden pheasants left in the UK.
Ms Wallis is appealing for its owner to come forward. She added: “It took me around two weeks to get him!
“We’re now looking after him, and we think he’s come from the local area, although his wings aren’t clipped so he’s a good flyer.”
If you are – or know – the owner, call Raven Haven on 01344 778899.