Although apparently year-around inhabitants at our latitude and location, we tend to see Gray Partridges in our backyard only during the winter months when they come to forage seed left on the ground beneath our bird feeder.
|Heading off to look for seeds under the bird feeder|
The Gray Partridge tend to be very nervous feeders. If they spot you watching them, they immediately head for cover beneath a nearby Juniper bush, or scurry one at a time to the perceived safety beneath a Spruce tree. About half of the time, they simply fly-off. Once they settle in and begin feeding, they mine the ground surface beneath snow-cover in a somewhat mechanical systematic way by moving their head from side to side.
If it's a sunny day, you might find them nestled in shallow depressions that they've dug with their feet in the warm soil next to a south-facing wall for short periods.
|Hiding under Spruce tree|
|Three heads are better than one?|
These partridge were introduced to North America from Eurasia in the early 1900's.
Proper Name: Perdix perdix
Food: seeds; ground forager
Length: 11.8–13 in (30–33 cm)
Wingspan: 20.9–22 in (53–56 cm)
Weight: 13.6–17.6 oz (385–500 g)
Habitat: cultivated fields and grasslands
Range: year-around, predominantly west to central parts of southern Canada & northern USA