Bird's Eye View of Bute

The Pea Fowl

(1) Peacock
(1) Peacock
(2) Peacock
(2) Peacock
(3) Peacock
(3) Peacock
(4) Peacock and Peahen
(4) Peacock and Peahen
(5) Peacock and Peahen
(5) Peacock and Peahen
(6) The Family
(6) The Family
(7) Peacock
(7) Peacock
(8) Peacock
(8) Peacock
(9) Rear View
(9) Rear View
10) Rear View  2
10) Rear View 2
(11) Trying Hard
(11) Trying Hard
(12) Getting There
(12) Getting There
(13) More Colour
(13) More Colour
(14) Full Front View
(14) Full Front View

 

 

The Pea Fowl
There I was, just finished an article about a wee moth, and all I had to do was to spell-check it the next day, but I was not happy with it, but sometimes word s don’t come easily.

 

Next morning on the telly was the public in Gargunnock complaining about Peacocks, their wives and offspring, taking over the territory, landing on detached cottage’s roofs and creating mayhem and it was interesting as the same was applying to Bute a while ago, and as I have good images of these Asiatic birds I pondered about writing about them, then on the same day but later on, during the panel game” Perfection”, there was a question. “Was the Peacock a member of the Pheasant family” and the young lady said quite correctly, yes, and of course she was right.
Well that was the decider on me. I would write an article about them, so here it is.
There are two families of Peafowl on Bute that I know of, and one family was at Woodend House at Loch Fad and I knew them very well, as at that time I was cleaning up the loch of dropped rubbish, and there were lots of uneaten sarnies and the like put into the bins, so I fed them to these birds, and they were voracious feeders and when fingers were at risk the food was thrown onto the ground, and may I say ,not only by me as the fishermen did their fair share of the feeding. It was when there were none of these birds around that the food was put into the bins, so there was no waste.
When the tenant of Woodend House moved off the island to pastures new, the Pea Fowl Family was moved to Port Bannatyne and right away made them at home, and it did not matter whose home or establishment it was, and the post office/ tearoom was top of the list. I remember getting calls from the police and members of the public about their cheek and disregard to motor cars, and fences were no good at these heavy birds can fly, and fly they did. They eventually settled down, well not really but we will not go into that. Most times that I see them they are in the grounds of the site where the Kyles Hydro once stood, either on the ground or up a tree.
Magnificent birds they are with the male being Peacock, female, Peahen, offspring, Pea chicks, (under one year old) and they have a life span of 40-50 years so they are not there on holiday, they are there for good like it or lump it. Unfortunately, as they are big birds they have big appetites with no toilet training which adds to the discomfort of The Port Hares and no place escapes their attention. (nuff said) . The other family is well out of town, so no hassle from them unless you venture into their domain, which I will not disclose
Now, I see in the Buteman that plans are afoot to build new houses in the site where the Kyles Hydro once stood. As far as the Peafowl is concerned the public need not worry about these birds, they will take over the New Build if it ever happens, just as they have taken over the rest of the Port, and will also eat all the greens that you may plant but will not harm you as long as you keep your fingers hidden.


Norrie Mulholland

(Tongue in cheek)


First published in the Buteman 23-03-2012.


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