The Peacocks of Palos Verdes

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Rolling Hills Estates on the Palos Verdes peninsula in Los Angeles County has a lot of peacocks. They’re beautiful birds, but there’s a price to pay for such strange wildlife. From the vimeo description:

Peafowl first came to the Palos Verdes Peninsula almost a century ago when Palos Verdes founder Frank Vanderlip received 12 birds as a gift. Now, there are hundreds. The birds roam streets and roofs in the city of Rolling Hills Estates. Some residents love the peafowl and some wish the city would take more control.

Peacocks are wonderful in small doses. I recall peacocks in my neighborhood when I was a child -they mainly stayed behind the wrought iron fence of their owner’s home, where we could see them but did not have to deal with peacock poop or birds in the street. -via The Atlantic


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I used to live in Rancho Palos Verdes. Thankfully, our neighborhood didn't have any resident peafowl, but a group of them would occasionally visit. They are loud--and sound like a child in horrible pain. They're big birds, and the poop a lot, all over anything they happen to be roosting on.
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