Jeanette noticed this striking male Ring-necked Pheasant in a campsite as we were driving out of Nehalem Bay State Park this morning. We were both quite surprised to see it even though I had heard it earlier. This bird would be high on the list of birds least expected to be seen on the Oregon Coast. We both grew up in the Willamette Valley so know them very well by sight and sound. In those days they were called China Pheasants. I remember very will the exact location in the Lebanon area where I grew up that the birds were origally released by Judge Denny who imported them from China in 1888. In my day they were very common and a very popular bird to hunt. Their populations in the Willamette Valley have greatly declined (from what I have read) because of the removal of fence rows and smaller fields replaced by large unfenced acerage. However, I still would would expect to find Ring-necked Pheasnats in grassy open areas, not in a busy state park campground surrounded by shorepine and sandy beaches. How he got here is a mystery to me, but on the other hand it's easy to imagine that he has found it "easy pickings" wondering campsite to campsite picking up dropped food items.