Looking for Peacocks


Seriously…I am. The top of Zelda’s street feeds into some pretty large hills, foothills if you will, and actual peacocks live up there. Somewhere.

I know this because I have seen them with my own eyes – granted it’s been years since my last sighting but Zelda assures me they are still there. In fact, she says they often forage for pine nuts on her front lawn, some early mornings. And, I hear them – every morning – squawking over the fence at one another. No kidding.

In the week I’ve been back, I’ve gone out every morning looking for one of these multicolored beauties – hoping to find one or two sauntering along the roadside, catching some rays and looking for a snack. Rumor has it that they love dogfood and the neighbors put out bowls of the stuff for these turquoise studs – I’m assuming for a photo op themselves.

Donned in sweats and sunglasses with camera and coffee cup in hand, I wander the streets of Zelda’s neighborhood hoping for but a glimpse. I’m sure the local regard me with some curiosity, although they’ve yet to utter a word to me. Perhaps a strange woman carrying a coffee cup, camera and pensive expression isn’t all that unusual around these parts after all. It could be. I’m certainly no competition for the local bagladies and the man who talks to his mirror…


I’m sorry to say the peacocks have still not revealed themselves to me, much less their favorite stomping grounds – which is disappointing since I’ve been looking for them for a week now. But I have found a new little fascination. A place I have dubbed the Alice in Wonderland house, pictured above. Though the pictures just don’t do it justice, you really need to see it in person. The tree easily has 50 birdhouses of every shape and description from it and every morning birds, squirrels and other woodland creatures gather there for a nibble and some twittery conversation. Really like watching a live action Disney creation to tell the truth.

They are a bit wary of strangers and thus far have refused to pose for any photos but I think eventually they will see things my way. Hehe. Maybe too I’ll luck out and find those doggone peacocks – hopefully in full plume, loving the same sunshine and the camera. Wish me luck.

10 thoughts on “Looking for Peacocks

  1. Hey, at least the pigeons posed!

    PiedType´s last blog post..Some people are never satisfied

    Hey 30!
    Well not so much that they posed as they didn’t give a darn that I was there taking pics of them. It was something to see though, all those doves just tooling around on the roof. I wondered if they were pets. You never know out here.
    Annie 🙂


  2. You need to learn to make the sound of the peahen to get those peacocks strutting their stuff. :mrgreen: take it from a person who has them damn wild turkeys running around my yard. I was calling one in last week gobbling back to my hen sounds and coming towards me strutting till magic barked and spooked him. the next morning I was awakened by the Tom he was like 15 from my deck door with a hen…spring has started the toms lust for the hens

    Gerry´s last blog post..Join Newt for a Tea Party

    Hey Ger,
    well…apparently I didn’t. I just needed to stand still apparently because when I did, they magically appeared. Funny that, eh? 😉


  3. All those birdhouses are amazing!! Hope you catch your peacock soon!!

    Mistress B´s last blog post..Amusing myself

    Hey B!
    Isn’t that the coolest tree? I really love that tree. I wish the pic conveyed the sort of magical feeling of the whole yard. It’s so sweet.


  4. Hi Annie,

    To find peacocks, as with most animals, you have to follow the scat. Just be careful not to step in it.

    Oh, and are those pine nuts the edible kind? If so you are really lucky! I have wanted for years to plant a few of the right kind of pine trees, but haven’t had any luck finding a supply at a reasonable price.

    the Grit

    the Grit´s last blog post..A glimpse of our stinking fascist future!

    Hey Grit,
    Scat? Hmm, I thought that was a jazz term kind of thing. Whatever it is, I’m sure I don’t want to know. Not sure about the pine nuts – the tree has lots of pine cones that fall and lay on the ground and the birds get some sort of nut out of them. That’s all I know and the info is according to Zelda. LOL – that’s all I got. 😉


  5. Hi Annie,

    This posts reminds me of a quote I read earlier in my life.

    If a man knew anything, he would sit in a corner and be modest; but he is such an ignorant peacock, that he goes bustling up and down, and hits on extraordinary discoveries.
    -Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Love the pictures

    Hey Di,
    Great quote! I did actually manage to find my peacocks. They are amazingly beautiful creatures up close and personal.
    Annie 🙂


  6. Very interesting obsession someone has with bird houses. I would hate to see the ground, must be covered with bird droppings, hmmm.

    Mark´s last blog post..Spring Is In the Air – Time To Clean House

    Hey Mark,
    I’m not sure I’d call it an obsession – a lot of people collect things. Maybe it was something they loved from their childhood? And too, I’ve noticed as I’ve walked around the neighborhood that several other people have multiple birdhouses hanging from large front yard trees. I assume they saw the original house and liked the idea. After I read your comment I went back and looked at the yard – amazingly it is not covered in bird poop – in fact the lawn is quite green and pristine. Not sure how that came about but there you have it. 🙂


  7. LOL! Picturing you prowling the streets in the morning in sweats and shades, carrying camera and coffee, AND making noises like a peahen …

    PiedType´s last blog post..Dropping Adam; going with Allison

    Hey 30,
    Well you had the picture untiil you mentioned making peahen sounds. Nope, not me. I’m pretty quiet in the morning actually. The only sound I was making was slurping my coffee and that little motor sound of the camera, otherwise I was quiet as a mouse. 😉


  8. F.Y.I. It is almost time for the peahens to start nesting. The hatchlings when less than a year old are known as peachicks :mrgreen:

    Gerry´s last blog post..Join Newt for a Tea Party

    Hey Ger,
    Thanks for the heads up – you are a wealth of information. 😉


  9. My uncle used to keep two peacocks in his backyard. Quite mean animals, actually.

    Good luck catching a glimpse!

    MJ´s last blog post..But Seriously Folks…

    Hey MJ!
    Yeah, someone else mentioned something about them being mean I think. In the case of these guys though, not so much. They were very docile and quite mellow. They are sort of like the neighborhood pets. People put out food for them and water and such. In fact, later in the day I took a walk and saw them still hanging in the same general area, although this time they were kicked back in the bed of a pick up truck honking away. Pretty funny really, too bad I didn’t have my camera for that one. 😉


  10. I love the birdhouses! I have never seen anything like that before.

    Mrs. V´s last blog post..Zero to Size 8

    Me too! And I’ve never seen anything like it before either. I bet your students would love a little field trip to this place. 😉


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