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Police fail to capture peacock
upi ^ | Aug. 22, 2012

Posted on 08/22/2012 5:47:15 PM PDT by JoeProBono

NEW YORK, - Residents of a New York neighborhood said police have failed to capture a wandering peacock for a second consecutive day.

Neighbors in the Kew Gardens neighborhood of Queens said police were unable to capture the bird Monday and returned Tuesday for a second unsuccessful attempt, this time with the bird perched on a rooftop, the New York Post reported Wednesday.

The residents said an officer attempted to shoot the bird with a tranquilizer dart from a third-floor balcony, but the police gave up when the peacock fled.

"It's entertainment but it's also annoying for cops trying to catch it," said Ronnie Aba, 31, a resident of the home where the peacock was roosting. "He's too fast and it's not the cops job to catch it. They tried to shoot it but the canopy was in the way."


TOPICS: Local News; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: peacock; police


1 posted on 08/22/2012 5:47:23 PM PDT by JoeProBono
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To: JoeProBono

They’re noisy bastards ... 2nd cousin to pheasant ... kill it, grill it.


2 posted on 08/22/2012 5:49:00 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: knarf

..we have a couple of them living on a small farm near by.....every once in a while, one or both tour the neighborhood....nobody bothers them, they don’t bother anyone.....they go back to the farm


3 posted on 08/22/2012 5:53:17 PM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: knarf

4 posted on 08/22/2012 5:53:17 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: knarf
No....no....no....

The peacock is great for monitoring night-time intruders. One screech and everyone is aware that something is not right outside in the dark. Better than hoping the cops show up ...have a neighborhood peacock.

5 posted on 08/22/2012 5:58:07 PM PDT by ptsal (E)
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To: knarf

6 posted on 08/22/2012 5:58:19 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: Doogle
True enough.

My daughter's father-in-law's father (Yeah, I know .. complicated), imported a couple or a few about ten or fifteen years ago ... nobody bothered them and they bred.

There's now about 15 or so and when they all get to makin' their noise ...

7 posted on 08/22/2012 6:00:04 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: Doogle
Here's my regular Peacock interloper. He comes round the property in the evening and scares the other birds and even my dogs don't want anything part of him. Yeah, noisy, for sure, but right purty just the same.


8 posted on 08/22/2012 6:05:57 PM PDT by Dysart (Obama Faults Profit. Reject That.)
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To: JoeProBono
...you got to be stealthy and VERY quick....grab it by the legs....up end it and it stops squawking and beating its wings.....so said Mrs Spokeshave who has caught wild turkeys this way.

Not too bad technique by the two officers to get the bird up against the wall and forcing it to fly....but officer on the right should be ready to grab it by the legs.

Raise and fatten...serve at thanksgiving.

9 posted on 08/22/2012 6:09:12 PM PDT by spokeshave (The only people better off today than 4 years ago are the Prisoners at Guantanamo.)
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To: Dysart


10 posted on 08/22/2012 6:14:22 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: spokeshave


11 posted on 08/22/2012 6:19:27 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: Doogle

Just wait till one decides to roost on a car or truck. They can destroy an autos’ paint


12 posted on 08/22/2012 6:20:56 PM PDT by Figment
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To: JoeProBono

They have to be the most beautiful birds in existence.


13 posted on 08/22/2012 6:25:19 PM PDT by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: JoeProBono; All

White peacock


14 posted on 08/22/2012 6:45:07 PM PDT by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: Dysart

I may be wrong, but I believe she is a peahen, not a peacock.


15 posted on 08/22/2012 7:07:11 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: spokeshave

Actually, they flubbed the technique, since there is no way that peacock is going to fly into dude’s garbage can. What they should have done, is given the blanket to the guy in front, while the other fellow snuck up behind and scared the bird. With proper timing, you can simply toss the blanket in front of the bird, and the scared bird, taking off in a forward direction, will fly right into it.

That is one method that intrepid homeless fellers use to easily bag pigeons, aka “street chickens”, except they usually just use their jackets or spare flannel shirts, rather than a blanket or a tarp.


16 posted on 08/22/2012 7:11:31 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: JoeProBono

The peacock has made death treats to Obama on the internet, is hoarding food supplies, ammo and wears a Gadsden flag on its tail feathers.

Watch the combined forces of the IRS, The Weather Channel, TSA and Social Security officers swoop in with the aid of hellfire equipped drones.


17 posted on 08/22/2012 7:14:05 PM PDT by Eye of Unk (OPSEC)
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To: knarf

“They’re noisy bastards ... 2nd cousin to pheasant ... kill it, grill it.”

Don’t bother, they aren’t fit to eat!!!

Nothing but canvas covered bone cage with a lot of feathers!!!


18 posted on 08/22/2012 7:14:53 PM PDT by dalereed
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To: JoeProBono

You know, if these guys had much sense, they’d go down to the Central Park Zoo and ask if they can borrow a peahen who’s “ready”. I’m sure that would entice the peacock to go with them quite willingly.


19 posted on 08/22/2012 7:16:20 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: Boogieman
Oh no. Peacock all the way. I've seen the display, and peahens are typically drab as are most female birds, at east compared to their male counterparts. Peahen are either brownish or gray. I know my birds.

And dogs.

Some familiarity with marsupials...

20 posted on 08/22/2012 7:16:41 PM PDT by Dysart (Obama Faults Profit. Reject That.)
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To: JoeProBono
I live a few minutes' walk from where this happened. So far, I have not seen the peacock in any of my travels around my neighborhood. I am not surprised that the Keystone Kops--AKA, the 107th Precinct--were so totally ineffective. They seem to be ineffective at most things unless it be giving out parking tickets to innocents or insulting the local populace.

These are urban cops, folks. They have little experience with animals, particularly live birds. I predict it will continue to be Peacock 1, K. Kops 0. Teeheehee!

21 posted on 08/22/2012 7:55:38 PM PDT by EinNYC
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To: EinNYC

22 posted on 08/22/2012 8:01:14 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: JoeProBono

Why didn’t they just shoot it?


23 posted on 08/22/2012 8:02:59 PM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: Dysart

Ah, you’re right, they are usually more brownish than that irridescent green/blue coloring. I guess the lack of tail feathers threw me off.


24 posted on 08/22/2012 8:09:38 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: JoeProBono

Good grief. It’s just a bird. Leave it alone. We have some out here and they’re no big whoop tee do. What, libs on a hate thing again?


25 posted on 08/22/2012 8:33:25 PM PDT by bgill
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To: Eye of Unk

Thy could alway trap it in a barn, then little mikey could send in swat team and have one of them shoot the bird and claim that he was in fear of his life.

Problem solved, no different that a families pet dog.


26 posted on 08/22/2012 8:40:29 PM PDT by chiefqc
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To: Eye of Unk

They could always trap it in a barn, then little mikey could send in swat team and have one of them shoot the bird and claim that he was in fear of his life.

Problem solved, no different than a families pet dog.


27 posted on 08/22/2012 8:41:31 PM PDT by chiefqc
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To: JoeProBono

Whew! For a sec I thought NBC had gone wild.


28 posted on 08/22/2012 8:49:49 PM PDT by QT3.14 (Loyalty to the country always. Loyalty to the government when it deserves it. - Mark Twain)
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To: JoeProBono

29 posted on 08/22/2012 8:55:44 PM PDT by thecodont
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To: spokeshave

its the only way to carry a big bird unless you want your eyes pecked out......Thats how I had to transport my turkeys, by the legs, head down but they still would beat their wings. Never tried it with the geese, they had the run of the farm but stayed by the pond....they would chase you if they didn’t know you. You stand your ground and just before they get to you, you grab them by the neck, right behind the head...if you run you better run darn fast..


30 posted on 08/22/2012 9:00:20 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: JoeProBono

Next time I go out to Main Street, I’ll take a look around and see if I see the peacock. I just hope the local idiot cops don’t hurt it. I don’t know if peacocks could survive a NYC winter, so I am concerned for the bird.


31 posted on 08/23/2012 8:31:04 AM PDT by EinNYC
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To: knarf
), imported a couple or a few about ten or fifteen years ago ... nobody bothered them and they bred.

I thought you needed peahens as well. (I'll never get this modern families thing)

32 posted on 08/23/2012 11:27:32 AM PDT by Oztrich Boy (Monarchy is the one system of government where power is exercised for the good of all - Aristotle)
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To: Dysart

Are you sure that is a peacock, it looks more like a peahen, they don’t have the large tail feathers.


33 posted on 08/23/2012 11:38:45 AM PDT by goat granny
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To: goat granny; Flycatcher
I'm almost sure. I've seen the train on either this guy or one of his frequent associates (Have seen two together before) after flying to top of fence, resting, with long train hanging down. I'm sure of it. They can tuck their train underneath their tail or otherwise obscure it to some extent if they haven't grown too long. I.E. a younger bird. And I think mine pictured is a first year bird. Yes, I could be mistaken--it is possible. There's a first time for everything. But let's take a look at a side-by-side of the Indian Peacock-Peahen, left to right, from the net:

I also have a couple of cell videos moved to my pc, but haven't uploaded the clips anywhere. I just re-watched them and I can see a longer tail, but no long train as such on this bird. Brilliant colors.

Calling Flycatcher for fourth opinion.

34 posted on 08/23/2012 12:24:06 PM PDT by Dysart (Obama Faults Profit. Reject That.)
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To: Dysart

Peacocks do molt once or twice a year...My girlfriend raised exotic pheasants and peacocks. Her girlfriend did also and had a nice pair of white peacocks...I saw a Chinese Red Golden pheasant in the taxidermists shop and finally found Carole to get a couple of them. They are beautiful. She had about 7 different kinds of pheasants. A couple of the breeds she said were not good tasting, just for looks...Michigan is big in pheasant hunting. Ring necks are tasty, that’s what you hunt in Michigan... I have been in this house for about 11 years and a couple of years ago happened to look out my back window and had a small flock of wild turkeys walking across my yard...thats the only time I have seen them in the wild...Caught one when I had the farm, he flew into one of my turkey pens, I raised Royal Palm turkeys and he and my male got into a bloody fight, there were 3 females also in that area...Hubby not being a bird lover handed me the leather gloves and said .....go get um Judy....I kept him and bred him to some of me female Royal Palms.....but he had to be locked up and in an area that we had netting over.....sure did love that farm...


35 posted on 08/23/2012 1:27:48 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: Oztrich Boy
Well .. comin' from an ostrich, I have to accept you know what you're talkin' 'bout.


Obviously, yes ... you're right.

36 posted on 08/23/2012 3:09:02 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: Dysart; goat granny; beaversmom; jazusamo; george76; girlangler; Inyo-Mono
Lol!

Thanks for the ping, Dysart!

If you've seen the long train on this bird, then I'm sure you're right: it's a male. As Goat Granny points out, it could easily be a molted male or a first-year bird -- but a male nonetheless.

But I'm not an expert on "domestic" birds. I get paid the "medium" bucks to do bird surveys on wild birds.

True story: In early July, I was up in the Independence Range in northern Nevada doing a bird survey in a beautiful high canyon. Saw a flock of five birds on a cliff ridge and watched them for awhile before realizing they were ROCK PIGEONS! Wild ones! As funny as it sounds, it was a gorgeous sight. Rock pigeons are actually native to Eurasia (used to breed on the coastal cliffs of Britain -- some still do I suppose) and were introduced to America. Ninety-nine percent of rock pigeons here, however, are our ubiquitous city birds. And they come in all color morphs. The "wild" ones, however, are silver-gray with a white rump patch.

These wild pigeons in the Independence range were the truly "wild" morphs.

First time ever I saw a wild rock pigeon. And like I say: beautiful bird in its "natural" habitat.

37 posted on 08/24/2012 7:22:20 AM PDT by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: Flycatcher

Okay then..thanks for the input. I’ll keep a real camera at the ready next time he wanders round here, and see if I can get better shots. Sounds like you have a rewarding, intriguing job. I could have been just as happy in it as anything else I’ve done. And I’d have better stories!


38 posted on 08/24/2012 8:03:37 AM PDT by Dysart (Obama Faults Profit. Reject That.)
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To: Flycatcher; Dysart
Thanks for the info....I forgot many wild female birds are drabber in color than the males...There are some beautiful ....Bird of Paradise birds. You have an enviable job....GG

PS On the farm the first time I saw a green heron I had to grab my bird book to find out what the heck it was. A regular at the pond was a (?) greater blue heron..The pond for full of blue gill and a couple of bass but blue gill breed so fast the bass couldn't keep them under control..That greater blue was a huge bird and the tell tale sign was the long legs that hung out behind them when you saw them flying...

39 posted on 08/24/2012 12:59:54 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: goat granny
Keep an eye out on the pond when the green heron and great blue heron are visiting. If they're hungry, your fish population may get decimated!

Lol! Take care.

40 posted on 08/24/2012 5:09:20 PM PDT by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: Flycatcher

The Greater Blue was there almost every day, the green not as often, but that pond had so many blue gill my kids fished it, and my neighbor brought his son over. I would throw floating fish food in and the water churned up with blue gill...the pond was a little less than an acre...What I found interesting was watching the blue gill hollow out a nest near the edge of the pond before laying eggs...they would use their tales to make the nest....I think the problem was the bass were put in way too late to make a difference in the population of blue gill...it was like that when we bought the farm...


41 posted on 08/24/2012 5:24:18 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: thecodont

loved that show, wish the BBC would run the reruns....


42 posted on 08/24/2012 5:29:32 PM PDT by goat granny
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