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Fugitive peacocks in Weldon Spring

Michael Padella, city administrator of Weldon Spring alerted Mid Rivers Newsmagazine that the city had some new guests visiting City Park and the park’s Big Red Barn during the morning of May 14: peacocks. 

Padella said “They have been sighted all around town and it is our understanding that they belong to one of the local farmers who raises peacocks.”

Peacocks on peak of Big Red Barn in City Park (source City of Weldon Spring)

Some residents commented on the city’s Facebook page.  One said, “They got out again!  But what a fun surprise to see.”  Another said, “They were in my backyard yesterday morning before my dog chased them onto a roof.  We saw them crossing Wolfrum last night, so now we know where they are headed (Three Creek Farm).”

Another said, “Peacocks can fly, but not like other birds.  They can fly for short distances at low altitudes and can reach a top speed of 32 Km/hr. (19.8 MPH).”

Padella said, “Peacocks, I’m told, make great watchdogs as they have a very loud call when they see something new or are startled, it sounds almost like “help” but very loud”

Three Creek Farm is a horse breeder farm at 71 Wolfrum Road in Weldon Spring.  It was run for decades by renowned philanthropist Dorothy Moore, until her death at age 97 on Oct. 17, 2018.  Since then, the Farm has been run by Moore’s daughter, Dorothy Carpenter, one of Moore’s five children.

At its height, Three Creek Farm had 30 dogs, two horses, two ponies, two donkeys, six goats, four miniature ponies, two geese, one pot-bellied pig, and 40-plus peacocks.  Apparently, those peacocks sometimes get restless.

Peacocks on peak of Big Red Barn in City Park (Source City of Weldon Spring)

According to National Geographic: “Peacocks are large, colorful pheasants, typically blue and green, known for their iridescent tails.  Those tail feathers, or coverts, spread out in a distinctive train that is more than 60 percent of the bird’s total body length and boast colorful ‘eye’ markings of blue, gold, red, and other hues. The large train is used in mating rituals and courtship displays. It can be arched into a magnificent fan that reaches across the bird’s back and touches the ground on either side. Females are believed to choose their mates according to the size, color, and quality of these outrageous feather trains.  Peacocks are ground-feeders that eat insects, plants, and small creatures.”

Formally, it is the males that are peacocks, with females being peahens.  But most people use the term peacock to refer to both.

Peacocks on roof of Big Red Barn in City Park (Source Weldon Spring Facebook page)
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