Sunday, April 6, 2008

PEACOCK VISITORS

Although my pet birds spend a lot of time outside of their bird cages, which provides some sense of freedom, it is a far cry from what a wild bird enjoys. While inability to fly saddens me, I'm grateful they have adapted well to their life in captivity.

Perhaps my frustration over my pets being unable to fly free is one of the reasons I enjoy bird watching. It is inspiring to watch the wild ones fly about, coming and going as they wish.

Living with and learning about my incredible pet birds, earning their trust and becoming their friend is an experience I would not trade for anything in the world. I'm blessed for the experience. They truly are my passion. At the same time, bird watching offers the opportunity to observe natural behavior providing a special joy of its own.

Bird watching and backyard bird feeding is alive and well in my area.
I live in a semi-rural area of northern San Diego county with a lot of nurseries, avocado and citrus groves, etc. It's an area with a strong natural and agricultural flavor ... a place that wild birds and creatures populate and is a wonderful place to live.

I spoke to a neighbor one day and discovered that a mountain lioness would bring her cubs to drink water from their pond every year. The pond adjoins a vast undeveloped area. They never considered trying to discourage the mountain lion, but rather enjoyed the fascinating spectacle. Fortunately, the mountain lion just drinks water and then moves off to the less inhabited areas. Another neighbor found a coyote nursing her cubs on the back deck of the home he was trying to purchase. The home had been empty for awhile ... evidently long enough for
the momma coyote to feel comfortable enough to bring her youngsters there. We have a lot of coyotes in the area and I've even seen them crossing the street while on a couple of my walks. These examples might explain the degree to which wild creatures still inhabit our area. However, most of the animals I'm personally able to enjoy are cottontail rabbits, ground squirrels, rare visits of a ferret or two, and the peacocks. The wild song birds, raptors, etc. are another whole subject to chat about another time.

Even though peacocks and peahens are not "wild" in the truest sense of the word, they aren't
domesticated either. We have some peacocks in our area that roam free and several of them seem to like our property enough to be regular visitors and they hang around during the day. Currently, a pair has found an inviting place to roost on our tile roof in the evening, too. I enjoy them a lot ... they are beautiful ... and I get a kick out of watching them admire their reflection in the chrome wheels of my SUV or in several of the glass-paned doors leading into my home. They also like to nap on our deck. My baby Jardine Parrot likes to visit with peacocks through the glass door. They seem fascinated by the little parrot, but will move away from the deck if any of my pet birds are outside on their playgyms.

Over the past several years peahens have made regular visits with their babies in tow. I've enjoyed watching the young ones grow up. Male peacocks have been regular visitors, too,
usually sticking close together attesting to their immaturity. I've never seen a mature male in the company of a female until this month. A very handsome couple spent their day with us. The peacock was courting the hen, fanning his tail and strutting about for over 2 hours providing the opportunity to take a bunch of photos ... two of which I've included here. It was fascinating to watch him display but I couldn't tell if the peahen was as impressed as I was. However, I did notice them taking a nap on the deck a little while later, so I guess she's still looking him over :). Maybe this attraction will ultimately produce some babies. I hope so, as it is truly a joy to watch the young ones grow up.

15 comments:

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黑色星期五 said...

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香蕉哥哥 said...

may the blessing be always with you!! ........................................

Mike said...

Just gonna comment on your first paragraph, talking about birds who don't get to enjoy "Full" freedom as they would in the wild.

About a year ago I began keeping a small flock of pure white homing pigeons. The neat thing is... they are trained to always return back to my loft, so I can release them "into the wild" from my yard and they'll fly around before re-entering the loft. But I can also release them from about 50 miles away and they'll also come home. So they're a great pet in terms of me deriving enjoyment from keeping them and their ability to enjoy lots of free-fly time.

The neatest story is about a 2-month old young bird who managed to survive an almost 100 mile flight & eventually make it home again (after hitching a ride). See the story here

If you don't have a ton of hawks around, these birds are worth considering... it so amazing to watch them fly & come home.

Nice blog!!

Gautham A S said...

hey i searched google for pet bird blogs and i found yours below mine, im happy to see your blog as i also have a part of my blog for pet birds, which is one of my passions, please check out my blog post about bird and let me know how it is....ok? you can go to my blogs by clicking on my name....

Gautham A S said...

hey i searched google for pet bird blogs and i found yours below mine, im happy to see your blog as i also have a part of my blog for pet birds, which is one of my passions, please check out my blog post about bird and let me know how it is....ok? you can go to my blogs by clicking on my name....

stan said...

Great site with some amazing pics and info this blog will defo be added to my favorites. Keep up the good work.

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Shaws 4 Paws said...

A well written article! The last thing you want is to feel guilty for leaving your pet at home for long periods of time and not giving it the attention it requires. Owning an animal is meant to be a pleasure. All pets deserve love and understanding in order for them to give it back to us.

Maxina Williams said...

I enjoyed this article. Where you live sounds really fascinating.Peacocks are incredibly noisy creatures and they can give you quite a start in the early morning when they land on a galvanised iron roof.

Purrfectly Pets said...

Hello, I was searching for pet bird blogs and yours was the highest ranked which is pretty cool. It's a shame you haven't posted in a while - maybe you will soon..who knows?

I will keep an eye on the blog though as its been good to read so far. Thanks.

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