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Apr. 12th, 2009 @ 02:10 pm I've Outgrown Easter Egg Hunts
I've switched to Peacocks...

Six am the live in caregiver runs in wakes me grab your camera quick a Peacock is in the back driveway I react leaping from bed at a sprint then half way there I say wait, what did she say????

I run to the back deck half awake see a blur and a flash of blue the wrong camera lens too wide angle and gee I might still be dreaming I back up and think what the heck am I doing at six am after have a great nights sleep and a dream about working on the pool since that's a project I can do in the next couple months and still be at the house but once I'm up and see the sun I cannot sleep I dress but just in a T shirt it's still chilly 7 am maybe and I outflank the peacock from it's suspected location turn on the video camera and try to flush him out for proof since people never actually believe some of my tales and lo and beholden I spied the elusive Scarlet Pimpernel though in this case it's head was very very blue and and follow it around slowly but still quickly to grab a few shots to prove the existence of this odd sign I awoke to.

Any similarities between this bird and NBC's is purely Coincidental.

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Date:April 12th, 2009 08:11 pm (UTC)
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Wow. What a gorgeous bird. It didn't look like it had the big tail, though?
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Date:April 12th, 2009 10:33 pm (UTC)

The Tail Folds Back

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They spread it out to look big and get mates and to put the fear of certain death into snakes and such.

I'm gonna start feeding it and try to get it to strust me enough for a good shot in a clearing so It spreads it's tail.

I forgot my glasses and tend to shake the first few hours I am awake so I didn't get a real clear shot of the thing but I'll get it to trust me enough to walk out from the underbrush.
Date:April 13th, 2009 03:24 am (UTC)
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I saw it I saw it!

Is it a boy? Does it have a mate?
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Date:April 13th, 2009 03:30 am (UTC)
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Definitely a male. Peacocks in the wild typically have a harem of 3-5 hens...or will keep traveling until they find a hen or two; then they will stake out territory and defend it.
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Date:April 13th, 2009 01:46 pm (UTC)

Great Snake Hunters!

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I've found three pygmie rattlers in the yard so far this year and worry about the little dog.

I'm feeding the bird and trying to keep getting it closer and closer to the house and it's already under 200 feet away at most.
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Date:April 14th, 2009 03:49 am (UTC)

Re: Great Snake Hunters!

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I did not know they were snake hunters. Cool! I had a Mexican donkey that would immediately kill any snake it saw. Unfortunately, it was a mean little cuss in all other ways, too. Maybe you need a mongoose? ;o)
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Date:April 14th, 2009 06:24 pm (UTC)

Birds in General

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Tend to chase off snake even chickens.

Chickens and Geese have always been kept loose country houses since the settlers first got here.

They are also good at keeping the insects at bay and won't eat every bit of your yard if they are not in a confined area

I live on a lake but my squadron of bats pull the night shift and I encourage the Dragonflies to hang around in the day just py sticking white dowel stick out by the lake side.

Headed to the Farm!

Super sunny here today and already had a friend there for 3 hours so I'm running behind as usual...
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Date:April 13th, 2009 03:28 am (UTC)
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We had peacocks when I was a kid - a peacock and three peahens. They like guinea hen feed and vegetable/fruit scraps - apple cores, melon peels, ends off zucchini, etc. They also adore suet and peanut butter with sunflower seeds in it. We had a large aviary for them, and just put a piece of scrap tin siding on the ground and threw the scraps down on it. If you can get the peacock to eat food with your scent on it, and you keep spending time with it, it will become so tame that it will come right up to you and eat out of your hand.

BTW, if there are peahens around, they are easy to domesticate and will nest in hay. Their eggs are delicious.