Priscilla F Peahen was roosting in a neighbor's tree. I saw her last night just before the sun disappeared. When I ran out to take her photo ... Mr I hollered a warning: "Don't have eye contact. She'll take that as an invite to move back in! We don't want her flying over the fence and taking up residence on my car!" Have I mentioned how very much he loves his car?
The eye contact comment was too funny, considering that peafowl are the only wild birds that will look you in the eye! Just don't stare at them, it makes them nervous. She was there very early this morning, then gone as soon as the sun began to warm the day.
Longtime readers will remember that Priscilla came to stay at Clay and Limestone just before Thanksgiving and then returned a few weeks later. (here for the full story)
She must really like this part of the neighborhood. What giant roosting bird wouldn't! There are plenty of trees and there is still food everywhere. She could live off of the bird food from bird feeders all winter. Earthworms are still active and the ground rarely freezes. There are tons of acorns and the streams will be running until summer.
She may very well be hiding in the wayback backyard. More then likely she's wandering the neighborhood in search of food and water! Like all peafowl, she needs a large property to explore and grub about in. She seems an adventurous girl and wouldn't be happy living in my small backyard. A farm would be perfect.
Please don't worry about Priscilla. She's a survivor. I will make sure there is water and food all winter. Do you think my neighbor will mind that I'm leaving it in her yard!