Stalking the postman is fair game for angry pheasant

Postman Barry Hutchinson is attacked by the pheasant

Postman Barry Hutchinson is attacked by the pheasant

First published in News The Northern Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A FOWL-TEMPERED pheasant is making life difficult for a postie - lying in wait for him and attacking him and his van.

Postmen and women often expect to encounter bad-tempered dogs or difficult customers, but Barry Hutchinson, 39, must instead face the wrath of an unpleasant pheasant every day he delivers to the village of Dunsley, near Whitby, North Yorkshire.

Once Mr Hutchinson has pulled up in the village, the angry bird chases him between post boxes and jumps up and attacks him. It even has a go at his van, chasing after it to peck at the tyres.

The weary postman said: “As soon as I arrive around this area it will follow me to the post box and I shall then move down to my next call and it will chase the van, pecking the tyres, then maybe it will wait for me and follow me to the letter box.”

Pheasants can be highly territorial birds and will get involved in ferocious battles with competitors. But it is not known why this pheasant has decided to punch above his weight by taking on the postman.

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Nearby Dunsley Hall Country House Hotel, said it could well be one of their pheasants, which live in its grounds.

In an offer of help, a spokesman said: “I think what we might do is contact the post man and let him deliver to the village’s post to the hotel and the locals could pick up their post from there.

“Then at least it means he can drive up the hotel grounds and deliver to the front door and bypass the pheasant.”

In 2010, a phesant made headlines around the world after carrying out a month-long campaign of terror in the village of Newsham, which lies between Barnard Castle and Richmond - attacking adults, children dogs and vehicles.

He eventually curbed his aggressive behaviour after taking up with two female pheasants.

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7:19pm Fri 11 Jan 13

vercingetorix says...

This is very rare...pheasants are usually quite shy...I suspect this one was reared in a captivity and almost treat like a pet...then released for the gun, but managed to find the relative safety of human habitation
This is very rare...pheasants are usually quite shy...I suspect this one was reared in a captivity and almost treat like a pet...then released for the gun, but managed to find the relative safety of human habitation vercingetorix
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5:54am Sat 12 Jan 13

jd6620 says...

vercingetorix wrote:
This is very rare...pheasants are usually quite shy...I suspect this one was reared in a captivity and almost treat like a pet...then released for the gun, but managed to find the relative safety of human habitation
Rubbish! This is an agressive male that you can find in all breeds including poultry.
[quote][p][bold]vercingetorix[/bold] wrote: This is very rare...pheasants are usually quite shy...I suspect this one was reared in a captivity and almost treat like a pet...then released for the gun, but managed to find the relative safety of human habitation[/p][/quote]Rubbish! This is an agressive male that you can find in all breeds including poultry. jd6620
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4:51pm Sun 13 Jan 13

greenfinger says...

all aggressive males should have two females. problem solved
all aggressive males should have two females. problem solved greenfinger
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