click image to enlarge Taking a Walk on the Mown Paths
The Radiant Couple
Rex watching over Sophia
The amazing gift of peafowl was quickly dashed by their untimely escape.The hen named Flo seems to be gone for good, but the cock- newly named Rex, and his mate Sophia have been getting closer to the house. I spotted Rex after a couple of days, and Sophia after that. The lady who raised them told my friend Jeff not to underestimate the power of Goldfish crackers, and I would have to agree!
I have been walking up my drive, shaking a giant box of said crackers for DAYS. I started walking down the greenhouse road, and ran into a friend's house sitter, I asked if by chance they had seen some peacocks...strange question usually, but their response was" why yes!, they're up that Walnut tree!",pointing to a tree by the bee hives. Needless to say, I was thrilled to see them together..much safer in a group. They had roosted for the night, and the next morning they were at the chicken coop, browsing on fallen grain. I approached slowly, and tossed some Goldfish crackers to them,... happily accepted! I also have been using strawberries and blackberries...talking to them and saying their names. The next day, when I got home from work, they were basking by the house!, they wondered to the courtyard and seemed to enjoy being in close proximity to people....all good so far, as long as they keep away from SO many predators. These are smart birds, I can't imagine trying to catch them for their own good...they are on their own now ( with some help from me if they'll take it!)
Now, every day, I'm a little compulsive about finding them and saying hello with a snack, and saying their names, maybe someday they will come when they're called like good dogs,... I mean peafowl. If you're wondering if Rex has displayed, the answer is yes...WOW. I've seen peacocks before, but that train, at like six feet tall is amazing and jaw dropping, then he vibrates the feather tines, making this cool rattling sound...enough fireworks for me! Happy fourth of July!