After all of my complaining about the DNR stocking non-native ring-necked pheasants, one showed up by my bedroom door last night. I was just getting into bed to watch a mystery program when I heard a noise. I turned off the TV and realized the sound was rain coming down hard. I looked outside and there he was hunkering down by one of my paths. When the rain stopped he made his way carefully over to a bird feeder by my deck. We had a mild winter and I suppose he might have made it through w/o a fox or coyote getting him. More likely he escaped from a local breeding farm. Of course, there is that possibility that the DNR let him go in my back yard to get back at me for complaining. Yes, I can be a little paranoid.