great big Globs Of Poop

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    Jan 04, 2016 11:06 PM GMT
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    http://www.mrt.com/news/top_stories/article_ad5ebcda-4c1a-11e5-aacf-433a4a30006e.html
    ...“The problem is we’re suffering about $500 to $1,000 worth of losses every year -- they eat every plant that we plant and they leave great big globs of poop down on our flagstone patio,” said Midland County Commissioner Randy Prude...

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    Jan 05, 2016 12:51 AM GMT
    Sadly, I knew instantly what you were talking about icon_sad.gif

    But don't spread this around! Otherwise I'll never find anybody to take them.

    More than once, I've been on the verge of seeing if Grandad's shotgun still works. icon_mad.gif
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    Jan 05, 2016 4:18 AM GMT
    No shooting pretty birds.

    They are noisy though. Surprised you have them. I'd always thought of them as a warmer climate bird.

    Some of Florida has them and I think some relatively local but not right here. But what we do get and even louder than peacocks, though on a migratory basis, are sandhill cranes. We don't get them in abundance to create a mess but you know when they are in town and I love when they come around. Big damned things. Sometimes I'm on my bike and I ride by one and he don't even move. He's like, I was here first. And I don't argue with a bird that's nearly the size of a human being.
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    Jan 05, 2016 6:16 AM GMT
    My parents got a pair of them, 40 years ago. Seriously, I never even considered that they might survive. Coyotes. Inbreeding. Sub-zero temperatures. But there are always 20 - 30 of them around.

    When my dogs were young, their main job was to make sure that no peacock ever crossed to my side of the road. But they gradually lost interest. And with my parents gone, the fucking things just moved in to my yard. They all think that I'm their momma. They're out there right now, in the big pine tree, looking in through my bedroom window.
    At least the current crop isn't particularly noisy, except during mating season.

    Or maybe I've just gotten used to it. I'll be talking to a client on the phone and suddenly they'll stop... "Um, is something wrong there? Do you need to call the police?"

    OMFG. The poop... And the resulting flies... And my lack of any garden any more... icon_mad.gif
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    Jan 05, 2016 2:22 PM GMT
    Funny story. I'm going to oddly take it as optimistic testament that at least some creatures can adapt to climate change. Though that might in itself confer some sort of protective status of your adopted guests.
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    Jan 06, 2016 4:32 AM GMT
    I'd guess the only real difference between the peacocks and the wild turkeys is body size. Turkey's larger body mass helps them survive winters better? Hypothesis. Anyway, the turkey population has been exploding, the last 10-15 years. They come into the yard, beat up the peacocks, and take their food. There were never any turkeys when I was a kid. But there used to be lots of quail and pheasants, which we hardly ever see any more.

    There is a covey of quail running around in the middle of town. I wonder if they arose there spontaneously, or if they're somebody's pets? I wonder what the downtown cats think of this?

    Sometimes, during mating season, the stupid peacocks like to go out into the middle of the county road, spread their tails, and stop traffic. Dump trucks coming down the grade don't care. One less stupid peacock.
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    Jan 06, 2016 3:07 PM GMT
    Those turkeys really do get wild. Be careful of the fatted ones. They'll take a nip at you.

    But yeah, we've got wild turkey here too. I'll never forget the first time I saw one. Super cute, I was riding trials when I turned a corner and there he was chasing a butterfly. There was about four or six of'm. They don't look like Thanksgiving Day turkeys. Instead they look svelte and healthy. Much taller than I'd thought they'd be had I ever given that a thought which I hadn't. And their coloring is stunning. I've only seen one in my garden who took off as soon as he spotted me but I've a wilderness not far and there they seem a bit bolder.

    Funniest thing last night on my walk, I stopped to comment to a neighbor who's always working on his garden, does a great job and he starts telling me about a peacock living in his tree. I said oh how weird, because I was just saying to a guy online that we don't have any right here. So I guess we do. When I told him of your over population of them, he said to send one down because his guy is lonely. Says there were three at one time but just down to the one now and he feels bad for'm. This one doesn't make much noise but sits right over his mailbox. Oooops. I mean, poooops.