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Posted by Larry Martin (18.104.22.168) on August 04, 2016 at 16:20:45:
Location: Sebastopol, CA
In Reply to: Re: The new kid - posted by Jim on August 04, 2016 at 14:36:27:
Thanks for the comment. My best guess is that someone fairly local had some peacocks, got tired of them and let them loose. They seem to stay fairly close, maybe within a 1/4 mile radius?
They roost in trees and tend to nest during the night. That might help, but the native (gray) foxes can climb trees.
I don't know if the mother sits on the ground at night with her babies under her wings, but I've seen them do that during the late afternoon. The night she lost her babies, she seemed to be sitting in our pasture and was calling for them. I suspect that they perished elsewhere since there were no feathers at that spot the next morning. I leave large patches of wild grasses so they do have some ground shelter, but eventually have to cut it for wildfire control.
It is possible that her mate didn't help out at all since he seems to just preen all of the time. The other male hangs out with the other female, whose picture I posted, so they have one chick who has pretty much made it.
The wild turkeys are more successful. I counted eleven chicks with two females the other morning. (And we've got three fawns, too).
Peacocks are pretty messy. Even though it is sad, I'm not sure that I want another five spending time on my deck. I don't know if animal control would take them.
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