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Rooster pheasant rules the roost by day with wild turkeys near Neche, N.D.

Mick McCoy of Neche, N.D., shared this photo of a rooster pheasant that has been hanging out during the day with the local wild turkey flock. (Photo courtesy of Mick McCoy)

Goofy things happen sometimes in nature, for reasons only Mother Nature understands.

An example of that can be found in Neche, N.D., where a ring-necked pheasant rooster has taken up residence with a flock of wild turkeys, says Mick McCoy of Neche, who shared a photo of the wayward rooster.

Neche isn't exactly prime pheasant country, so perhaps the rooster simply is in need of some avian company.

"This rooster ringneck has been a member of this flock of turkeys for about a month," McCoy writes in an email sharing the photo. "He hangs around with them during the day but he doesn't roost with the turkeys. He's apparently in charge of this flock and won't hesitate to aggressively force the larger turkeys away from any food that he wants."

Just goes to show, you never know. ...

Brad Dokken

Brad Dokken is a reporter and editor of the Herald's Sunday Northland Outdoors pages. Dokken joined the Herald company in November 1985 as a copy editor for Agweek magazine and joined the Herald staff in 1989. He worked as a copy editor in the features and news departments before becoming outdoors editor in 1998.  A Roseau, Minn., native, Dokken is a graduate of Bemidji State University. 

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