I have this fascination with the birds here. Greeting me as I came off the airplane when we got here were 2 magpies. Now, around here, they are kind of pesky, but they are so breathtakingly beautiful to me. I also love the big black crows/ravens/rooks, or whatever that gather in the bare naked trees in my yard at dusk. (I can't tell what they are...yet.)
But, it is always a treat when we spot one of these in our yard. It is a pheasant, and yes I know they have them in the states, but it isn't often you see one and never so close.