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Peacock and wild turkeys spotted together in Antioch

By Gary Bogue
Friday, July 13th, 2012 at 6:04 am in Peacock, wild turkeys.

Peter Peacock (right) with wild turkeys on Antioch rooftop. Photo by Valerie Gillan, Antioch, CA
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Gary:
Just had to respond to your inquiry on June 29 regarding the occurrence of peacocks and turkeys together in the Bay Area.

We live in a suburban area of Antioch, but have the good fortune of having a large backyard full of trees and assorted wildlife.  For the past 3 years a peacock has “adopted” our neighborhood.  ”Peter” or “Petey” can be spotted on a regular basis roaming the streets, screeching from rooftops, or perching himself on nearby fences.  He has become quite an attraction around here and we often spot folks stopping their cars to snap photos of his showy plumage.

One morning, my husband and I were out in the backyard and spotted Peter on top of our neighbor’s rooftop alongside a couple of hen turkeys! (see the attached photo above).

Peter Peacock spotted in Antioch. Photo by Valerie Gillan, Antioch, CA
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He hung around the ladies most of the day, but ended up moving on into another yard (leaving the hens behind).  Guess they weren’t his cup of tea?  Anyway, we just had to let you know that our Peter seemed interested in communing with our resident turkeys, not that it was a match made in heaven!

We love our suburban wildlife!
Valerie Gillan, Antioch, California

Valerie:
You are not the first person to respond to my request for information about peacocks and wild turkeys being spotted together. Apparently it’s pretty common for both these big bird species to roam around together in flocks. I guess it’s not really surprising when you think about it.

Can they actually breed together? Time will tell, although I doubt it. What would we call them? Peakeys? Turcocks? /Gary

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6 Responses to “Peacock and wild turkeys spotted together in Antioch”

  1. Carol J. Says:

    I love all the photos and stories that people send to your blog.
    Just read that you will be retiring at the end of the month….
    does that mean your blog will end, too?

  2. Carol J. Says:

    I love all the photos and stories that people send to your blog.
    Just read that you will be retiring at the end of the month…..does that mean your blog will end, too?

  3. Gary Bogue Says:

    Carol J.: Yes, unfortunately, when I retire on July 27, this blog will also stop, along with my columns in the daily newspapers. I’ll miss you ALL! It’s been fun./Gary

  4. Barbi Says:

    Oh no! Gary we are so very sad that we won’t be able to hear from your Monday – Friday as of the 27th. But losing the blog and all those columns, what will we do? Do you plan to write more books on wildlife in the suburban jungle?
    -barbi

  5. Ann & Bill Says:

    Gary,
    I know your blog will stop, but will all previous entries from 2005 on still be available to view for some fond memories?

  6. Nancy Says:

    Gary,
    I am so sorry that you won’t be writing any more columns. My friend Jean has always sent them to me and I have passed them around for years. Will miss your columns.

    Nancy from Pa.

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