Although, very large birds can tolerate this weather!
I can barely handle a few minutes outside to snap a photo or two! But, Priscilla F Peahen seems to have learned the fine art of winter survival very well. I've written about Priscilla before and you can read about when she first arrived here and her further adventures here. The other night we noticed her sitting on the fence, scanning the sky. She appeared to be checking out which limb she was going to roost on for the evening. Up she flew while the winds buffeted her about. We were sure she would be blown from the tree or worse...freeze once the temperatures dropped to the single digit that was predicted. She did move to a stronger perch, but, no way would she come down to find a warmer spot. She's a smart bird...the coyotes hunt at dusk and she is in her tree by then. She's a survivor.... frigid windchill hasn't taken her down and neither have the coyotes. She has the equivalent DNA of the honeysuckle, vincas and other invasives. Unstoppable!
She's waiting for me each sunup to bring her fresh water and birdseed. She toddles off to the wayback back yard doing what birds do in the wild~grubbing about and keeping warm. She arrives home promptly at 4PM everyday and hunkers down by the Christmas tree windbreak waiting for me to deliver her dinner of fresh water, seed and a special treat of dog or cat food! After eating she either flies to the tree above the fence or toddles off to the wayback back yard.
As you can see there has been a certain amount of training happening at Clay and Limestone. Now don't laugh, but I was telling Frances that once the weather gets back to normal, Ms Priscilla is on her own! Perhaps she'll continue her travels through the neighborhood. Plan B is to woo her into trusting me then, capture and transport her to some haven or farm. Now, if only I can find a haven or farm for her! I think Cheekwood needs a peahen in the gardens!
In the meantime, training continues. When she honks I'll be there!
I do hope you're keeping warm and cozy
I am still on limited hand use, but wanted to update you about Priscilla...She could be your very own peahen!
Warmest thoughts of you!