Who let the Accrington peacocks out? VIDEO: hear their call

Lancashire Telegraph: One of the peacocks foraging One of the peacocks foraging

PEACOCKS roaming free in an Accrington neighbourhood are ruffling feathers.

The birds have been keeping residents awake at night, and have been spotted popping to fast food restaurants for their dinner.

The issue is being investigated by Hyndburn Council, which will call in wildlife experts after it received complaints from residents.

Joan Pilkington, 78, said there were four peacocks which she has described as ‘horrendous’ during the mating season in the summer.

The Princess Street resident said: “Me and my next door neighbour have been trying for 12 months to get something done about these peacocks.

“They perch on our chimney opposite our bedroom window and are squawking constantly from 9pm to 11pm at night and then from daybreak.

“It’s the most horrendous noise I have ever heard. I don’t want to come home in the summer months.”

The peacocks are kept alongside geese on spare land between Princess Street and Hyndburn Road, although it isn’t known who is responsible for them.

A man at a bunglalow on land adjacent to the field said the land was not connected to the house.

He said: “Everybody thinks it’s the same land - the council and the police.

“It used to be connected to this property, but the owners sold it to somebody in Clement Street.”

Ann Holden lives in Monk Street, and her property backs onto the spare land.

The 58-year-old said: “In the summer, they do make a lot of noise because they’re mating, and they squawk and scream.

“They jump on my roof, but they are fine and it’s no trouble whatsoever.”

Samantha Wood, 26, said: “The peacocks go to KFC to get food and they stop traffic in Hyndburn Road.

“But they are fine and it stops traffic going too fast. They are lovely creatures and don’t attack.”

Deputy leader of Hyndburn Council, Coun Clare Pritchard confirmed the council was investigating ‘what can be done to prevent the birds causing a problem’.

She said: “I have never had a complaint until the last couple of weeks. We don’t know who is responsible.“ “When I have been to KFC, I have seen them on the car park. They eat chicken.”

The owner of Princess Street Garage, Christopher Holt, said he had seen three peacocks ‘roaming about’.

A spokesman for Lancashire Wildlife Trust added: “We would certainly not recommend people to have peacocks roaming the street. If they are, they are not being cared for.”

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3:23pm Wed 11 Dec 13

mavrick says...

These Peacocks have been around that area for quite some time. I just think that a Peacock going to KFC for dinner, is pushing its luck.
These Peacocks have been around that area for quite some time. I just think that a Peacock going to KFC for dinner, is pushing its luck. mavrick

6:17pm Wed 11 Dec 13

bigdee123 says...

ive also seen kids chasing these round near kfc. im suprised no one has killed them with all the scum that are about these days.
personally, i think they are quite funny.
ive also seen kids chasing these round near kfc. im suprised no one has killed them with all the scum that are about these days. personally, i think they are quite funny. bigdee123

6:56pm Wed 11 Dec 13

jogalot says...

Spare land? Someone put a sign up saying 'Don't feed the animals' and I always thought it was belonging the bungalow. But how do you keep birds from flying anyway? Isn't that cruelty? Apparently squirting them with water works to scare them aways as does a scarecrow with dangly bits that move in the breeze. I like them and think they enhance the area.
Spare land? Someone put a sign up saying 'Don't feed the animals' and I always thought it was belonging the bungalow. But how do you keep birds from flying anyway? Isn't that cruelty? Apparently squirting them with water works to scare them aways as does a scarecrow with dangly bits that move in the breeze. I like them and think they enhance the area. jogalot

7:49pm Wed 11 Dec 13

lkwalmsley says...

The peacocks in question have been around approx 10 years, not once have these beautiful birds complained about the goings on around the surrounding area. They visit the local care home and the residents love to see them, this 78 year old needs to get a hobby. How about getting a petition going for road repair etc instead of spending the tax payers money on less important things.She could always get some earmuffs. In my opinion money well spent. They love going to KFC a good advertisement or what!
The peacocks in question have been around approx 10 years, not once have these beautiful birds complained about the goings on around the surrounding area. They visit the local care home and the residents love to see them, this 78 year old needs to get a hobby. How about getting a petition going for road repair etc instead of spending the tax payers money on less important things.She could always get some earmuffs. In my opinion money well spent. They love going to KFC a good advertisement or what! lkwalmsley

6:43am Thu 12 Dec 13

HarryBosch says...

It's no wonder that we have so many endangered species in the world if moaners keep complaining that they don't want to see these beautiful creatures in their back yard.
You should be grateful that you can see these birds on a daily basis.
As someone as already said, these birds have been there for years. Leave them alone. They have an equal right to be there as any one of us!
It's no wonder that we have so many endangered species in the world if moaners keep complaining that they don't want to see these beautiful creatures in their back yard. You should be grateful that you can see these birds on a daily basis. As someone as already said, these birds have been there for years. Leave them alone. They have an equal right to be there as any one of us! HarryBosch

8:03am Thu 12 Dec 13

AnthonyUK says...

These birds really belong to, and should only really be in, stately homes/parks NOT public areas and certainly NOT residential areas because somebody wants to keep them where they SHOULDN'T really be.
These birds really belong to, and should only really be in, stately homes/parks NOT public areas and certainly NOT residential areas because somebody wants to keep them where they SHOULDN'T really be. AnthonyUK

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