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Seven Peacocks Crossing the Road...

Peacocks mess up my commute to work on a regular basis, and they were at it again today. And I’ve never seen this many – seven! – all at once. They usually show up in groups of two or four.

As usual, they brought traffic to a complete halt, both ways, while they strolled across the road. Since there were so many, and two were shy and stayed on one side of the road while their compatriots crossed over to the other side, traffic backed up quite a bit.


At least they didn’t mill around in circles in the middle of the road, like the four peacocks I saw a few weeks ago. But I never get annoyed at any delays. They are so fascinating to watch!

Now, as to why there are peacocks running around loose in Southern California, that is thanks to a gentleman named “Lucky Jim” Baldwin, who, 100+ years ago, built a stately mansion, and imported peacocks from India to decorate his lawn.

They were fruitful and multiplied. So much so that many of the residents of the city of Arcadia regard them as great big pests.

That city has helpfully published this booklet:

“Peafowl in Arcadia, Living With Arcadia's Wild Birds”. It has a long list of helpful hints entitled "Living with Peafowl", mainly telling people what *not* to plant in order to keep them out of your back yard. They say: "It is possible to maintain a beautiful garden while living with peafowl by replacing a few of the plants and flowers that peafowl find desirable with ones that they find distasteful. For example, substituting impatiens with azaleas still creates an attractive yard while deterring peafowl from inhabiting your property and destroying your landscaping."

I just love that phrase "inhabiting your property". Makes them sound like space aliens or something.

Comments

THe big difference between peafowl and pigeons is that nobody proposes going out and shooting them all!
I wouldn't count on that... People get very angry when their gardens are trashed. I'm sure someone has already proposed a 'peacock' hunt.
Knowing where you live (and anyone who doesn't is probably visualizing rolling green lawns in every direction), it's beyond me why they haven't been humanely collected up and taken elsewhere. Talk about a traffic hazard. Dangerous to y'all, dangerous to the birds, too.

I guess that has become a problem in a lot of those "benevolently inspired" areas now grown into full cities all over the southland -- peacocks that were brought in for similar purposes. My friend Robin talks about how her sister was attending a party when the owner of the house next door came flying out his lanai wearing nothing but an open bathrobe ... and how the lanai got on the bathrobe I don't know, anyway ... the man was carrying a bottle of Scotch and a cricket bat. It seems one of the peahens or peacocks that infest their community greenbelt had started making noise while he was trying to sleep one off. The neighbor was last seen in naked pursuit of the animal. So it's not just you guys, not that that is a lot of comfort. lol
>>>My friend Robin talks about how her sister was attending a party when the owner of the house next door came flying out his lanai wearing nothing but an open bathrobe ... and how the lanai got on the bathrobe I don't know, anyway ... the man was carrying a bottle of Scotch and a cricket bat. It seems one of the peahens or peacocks that infest their community greenbelt had started making noise while he was trying to sleep one off. The neighbor was last seen in naked pursuit of the animal. So it's not just you guys, not that that is a lot of comfort. lol

ROTFL!!! For the sake of the bird, I hope he didn't catch up to it. News at 11 on the streaker!

I've occasionally heard the birds screaming; that noise is always a bit - startling!
I remember hearing peacocks on the hill behind my house when I was little. It never occurred to me that they might have come all the way from Arcadia, but I bet they did. Huh.
They sure are wide-ranging (just like that parrot flock!!!) Robbie has seen peacocks in South Pas, as well.