Grandparents Terry and Ronny Farthing are looking forward to their latest arrival – a dozen baby pheasant chicks.
The couple from Horsecroft Road, Bury St Edmunds regularly feed birds in the garden, but now have a pheasant nesting behind a plant pot by their doorstep.
Three of their grandchildren – 10-year-old twins Molly and Marshall and their older brother Bradley, 14, who all live on Moreton Hall – are eagerly awaiting the arrival.
“I just call her old girl. The grandchildren can’t wait for the eggs to hatch,” said Ronny.
“They have a look every time they are here. You can see she is scared but her motherly instincts overcome her fear,” said Terry.
They believe she has positioned herself to get warmth from the house and shelter from the plant pot.
Ronny, who takes part in bird watches for the RSPB, said she first noticed the pheasant around the second week of April.
“I didn’t know if she was injured or what the problem was so I just left her to her own devices,” she said.
Only later did they notice that she had created a nest and had laid about a dozen eggs.
Terry now plans to make a run to protect the chicks from the main road when they eventually hatch. He said he may also contact authorities such as the RSPB after the chicks hatch, to move the pheasants to a safer location.