I’d say that’s one “cold turkey,” but he’s more related to a pheasant

February 7th, 2007 by Jeff | Dump Core

[Snowy peacock]

I’m really beginning to miss those mild North Carolina winters. I’ve been told that we’re supposed to have a mild winter here, but so far I’ve seen more snow in the past few months I’ve been back in West Virginia than I saw in all nine years I was in NC. It’s been cold, the wind chill has been even colder, and the morning commute from Beckley to Hinton (about 37 miles (~60 km) or 45 minutes) has been treacherous, especially this morning. We had about five inches (12.7 cm) of snow last night and the roads were terrible. If it weren’t for the fact that I need to give a demo today, I would have requested to work from home.

“That’s interesting, Jeff,” I hear you say, “but what does that have to do with the picture of a peacock?”

I took this picture last night on our back porch. This guy is the neighborhood peacock, taking some shelter from the wind and snow. I think he likes that particular banister because it’s right over the drier vent, so hot air is almost constantly blowing up from there.

“Neighborhood peacock?” you ask.

Um, yeah, you heard me. It’s really an odd story. Nobody really owns him that I know of. He simply roams around, going wherever he wants, strutting his stuff around our little housing development. And in case you think it might be odd that a “wild” peacock is wandering around in suburban WV, then you’d be quite right.

I’m not sure if there’s an official story, but the one I’ve heard through the grapevine is that there’s a peacock farm somewhere in our vicinity, and this guy’s an escapee. The farmer tracked him down and brought him back several times, but he’s pulled a Houdini each time. Eventually, the farmer gave up and the peacock took up permanent residence somewhere nearby. He undoubtedly considers our neighborhood part of his territory and patrols it regularly. None of the local dogs or other potential predators seem to bother him, perhaps because of his size (or maybe his disposition).

I haven’t had much interaction with said peacock since we moved in. It seems that each time he’s been spotted, I’ve been somewhere where I couldn’t see him (like at work) or he’s been far enough away that all I’ve caught is a quick glimpse at a distance. Then during the last snow storm, I saw some interesting animal tracks that I couldn’t recognize along our back porch. I followed them, thinking they were going the opposite direction that I was, only to find him perched on the banister as you see him here. He sat there rather calmly, obviously not considering me a threat. When I took out the garbage last night, he was there again, so I took the opportunity to snap his picture.

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