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Peacock calls Greenbank woman’s yard home

A young peacock explores  a Greenbank home. While his unwilling hosts like his  plumage, they want him gone. - Spencer Webster / The Record
A young peacock explores a Greenbank home. While his unwilling hosts like his plumage, they want him gone.
— image credit: Spencer Webster / The Record

GREENBANK — When two peacocks and five peahens wandered onto a Greenbank homeowner’s spacious yard one Saturday earlier this month, she enjoyed their extravagant presence.

But later that night, one of the males and all the females departed for their own home further up Smugglers Cove Road.

That left one young male to wander through Sharon Lispon’s and her neighbor’s yard.

It’s been hanging around ever since.

“The owner of the other peacocks did not want another male. So we haven’t known what to do with him,” she said.

The blue-green bird made himself at home from one yard to another. Lispon thought the bird would leave on its own. But day after day, the woman got more frustrated as it left its droppings all over the place and trashed her flower gardens.

And when it became obvious the bird was not leaving, she and her husband attempted to persuade the bird to leave.

“We tried a broom. My husband tried lighting bottle rockets. Animal control does not want anything to do with him. Neither does Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife,” she said.

“We’re tired of the bird, even though he is pretty,” Lispon said.

She thinks the bird belongs to a family that may be missing its pet. But if the owners are not located, she thinks the bird might make another family happy. Either the owners or someone else is welcome to come get the bird, Lipson said. Hopefully soon.

“Maybe another family would like to have him if the owner doesn’t want him back,” she said.

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