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Friday, February 5, 2010

When Trouble Comes Knocking On The Door!

"Hello!
I know you're in there!
"

You can attempt to ignore it, but, sometimes it's quite insistent!


"Not answering!
Who does she think she's fooling!"

...and just when you resolve

"You cannot ignore me."

that you can let it go

"I am big, noisy and clever.
Wild feed for the smaller birds is just as tasty!"

It discovers a way to hang on!


Gail


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54 comments:

  1. Gail!!!! Be strong, do not give in to temptation! Go in another room, one with no windows! Play loud music, watch TV, read a book that holds your attention. Wear ear plugs. Pretend she is not there. That's all I've got. Good luck. You need it. :-)
    Frances

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  2. I laughed out loud! What a riot. She is yours honey, no getting around it!

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  3. Oh dear, Gail! Carol King singing 'You've Got a Friend' is running through my head!

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  4. OK, I see from earlier posts this thing is a peahen. A pet?? Knowing nothing of large birds, I first assumed you were being visited by a vulture or a rogue wild turkey. Amazing!

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  5. She may be finding you a bit of a difficult case, but your training is coming right along!

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  6. Priscilla F. Peahen is quite insistent~But Mr I is even more insistent...Roosting on his convertible is not okay. I am not happy that she's eating the seedlings in my garden.

    gail

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  7. She's as bad as the late squirrel Beggar. Are you sure you don't want to change her name? Or maybe naming her was your first mistake. :-)

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  8. Gail, it seems that Priscilla is indefatigable, which is just another way of saying a relentless PITA! Too bad MMD's fox isn't there to chase her off.

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  9. Funny for us- not so funny for you, Gail...it looks like Priscilla's plan for the Great Backyard Bird Count is to simplify your life by having your total count be 1 Peahen!

    Annie at the Transplantable Rose

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  10. Give it up, Gail. She has chosen you! :-) Do peahens eat ticks? Guinea hens do. Maybe she serves a purpose?

    Go ahead and give her a name.

    Cameron

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  11. She is yours Gail. Remember Bootsie started just by visiting, and now he has taken over......watch out she doesn't take over the couch. LOL.

    There is a peacock running around and creating havoc in a new ritzy development of housing, and retail stores. It has made the front page of the local newspaper 3 or 4 times. Maybe they are related.

    Jen

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  12. Oh, she is knocking on the door. No turning back now...she is your friend forever. :)

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  13. OK, it's official. I'm in loove with Priscilla. If you ever get tired of ignoring her, let me know and I'll come take her off your hands! Maybe I could keep her in my new chicken coop...

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  14. I knew that you were in trouble when you named her... glad to see that she's smart enough to stick around and make friends with you. :)

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  15. Looks like you have a friend for life now - that comes of naming her.
    Delightful little post Gail - I think she is quite cute, (as long as she stays on your side of the ocean).

    K

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  16. i agree with joey,
    you've got a friend.
    i thought that was a river running by your front door...but i see it's just a reflection.
    we have rivers running thru our property.
    hope you are recovering well.
    happy february.

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  17. Oh my goodness, I'd be having such a time resisting her! She's so beautiful... and now actually boldly knocking on your door. Be strong and remember this is for Priscilla's own good. :)

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  18. Tell you something Gail, do you a straight swap for my rabbits. Ha!

    Too cute......

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  19. Hi Gail - I've heard the saying that dogs have owners and cats have staff - well I think it looks as if Peacocks might have staff too - or at least they think they do!! Talk about testing your patience!! Hope you're having a good week - Miranda x

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  20. Gail, This is hilarious. Great photos of Priscilla. This could also have been entitled "She's Baaaack!!" -Jean

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  21. Oh another Priscilla post! I just love seeing and hearing about her exploits. I hope you are recuperating well :^)

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  22. Oh, Gail, I am laughing so hard. I wish Priscilla lived with us. I think she'd keep Bad Dog in line. :)

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  23. THis had me giggling all through your post. I would croak if a big ole peacock was standing at my door. Tooo FUNNY.

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  24. Gail, you are too funny and so is your peahen. Priscella has adopted you.~~Dee

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  25. Sorry that I missed Priscilla's name in the comments!

    You do know that birds can be spayed? I had a female cockatiel (tiny compared to Priscilla) who kept laying (unfertilized) eggs that were causing infection problems. I took her to an avian vet and had her spayed!

    Cameron

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  26. Cameron, If I can capture her she's moving to another location! My carport smells awful and she's beginning to eat my seedlings!
    gail

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  27. And doesn't she look contented and happy, Gail? Just as sweet and chubby as can be. :-)

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  28. So cute! I love her, but she's not eating my seedlings - good luck :)

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  29. I loved this delightful post. It made me laugh. Thanks. And that is a smart bird!

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  30. She is a sweetie, I know you love her really!

    RO :o)

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  31. It is great to see Miss Priscilla again Gail. I wonder if she will attract a mate?? Thanks for the smile right before I retire. ;>))

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  32. Oh dear... I feel your pain dear Gail. I guess you can be happy you don't have "six" of them at once eating and foraging through your gardens. Sounds like it might be time to call a trapper for Priscilla. She is getting way too familiar.
    Meems @ Hoe and Shovel

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  33. She is insistent, I guess she's really trying to wear you down :)

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  34. Looks like she is getting ready to move in. Do you have a guest room?

    I hope you are doing well with your recovery.

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  35. Hi Gail~~ Never a dull moment in nature, is there?

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  36. Hi Gale, it looks like she's desided to stay =)

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  37. She is cute though...You got a friend :-)or is it a stalker?

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  38. tI would have loved her to say in my garden...I think... hrm, but it's easy for me to say, isn't it?

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  39. This is soo funny!! You have created a monster..

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  40. Oh, Gail, I'm so glad to know that Priscilla is all right! I've been a little worried about what had happened to her. Perhaps she was off visiting the relatives for a little while...let's just hope she doesn't bring them to stay at your house, too:)

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  41. I knew from the title this post would be about Priscilla! :) I get squirrels and ducks knocking on my glass doors. And I'm sort of coming round to an abandoned (unneutered male, annoying) cat that keeps hanging around. Sigh.

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  42. Roosting on Mr. I's convertible is one thing, but eating the seedlings is going too far. Yep, she's definitely got to go!

    I feel your pain Gail - between the squirrels and rabbits overrunning, eating, and digging up the garden here, it's a wonder anything at all grows. I fed them last winter, they're having to fend for themselves this year. I haven't forgiven them for the damage they did last fall. I hope the owls, coyotes, and hawks here have been keeping very well-fed this winter.

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  43. Gail, if you feed her when she comes knocking, she might not eat the seedlings in your garden!! ;-) Just kidding. I think you have to just accept the inevitable. She has claimed you and your garden as hers. I think she's one smart pea hen. She knows a good thing/place when she sees it.

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  44. Love your photo essay about your friend!! She obviously know where to find food!!
    Have a good day!
    Ingrid

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  45. Haha ... so cute! And funny, too

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  46. Goodness, she's persistent!
    Lisa

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  47. Hi Gail, Back again! I'm giving you a little "shout" tomorrow - in Monday's post. :-)

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  48. Hi Gail, I was reading your posts and I can't let this pass. This is so cute! I hope you'll keep her. :) But you have to careful, peahens eat about everything! At least, you let the trash can away from her.Maybe she'll help you in your gardening. :)

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  49. How could you not love that face? Thanks for the smiles :)

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  50. Oh boy, somethings gotta happen. Looks like she has settled in for good.

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