Skip to comments.Police fail to capture peacock
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."
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!
Why didn’t they just shoot it?
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.
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?
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.
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.
Whew! For a sec I thought NBC had gone wild.
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..
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.
I thought you needed peahens as well. (I'll never get this modern families thing)
Are you sure that is a peacock, it looks more like a peahen, they don’t have the large tail feathers.
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.
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...
Obviously, yes ... you're right.
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.
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!
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...
Lol! Take care.
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