Bird Seed Catchers, Phobias and Peacocks!
If you are lucky enough to have a garden then the provision of bird food is a fabulous way to encourage wildlife to visit your property. Both feed and feeders are inexpensive and you can fit bird seed catchers to prevent discarded seed and husks from creating a mess on your lawn. However, your bird food can encourage visits from less welcome creatures like squirrels and could also cause unexpected problems with your neighbours.
Whilst most people will be delighted to see more birds in the neighbourhood, those with bird phobias might not be quite so happy! Bird phobias are surprisingly common. A fear of birds might seem strange but then most people are scared of harmless spiders. Whilst some sufferers fear only large birds like crows and birds of prey, others are terrified by any of our feathered friends. Even the sight of a sparrow can fill these unfortunate people with dread.
It would be safe to say that those with phobias would not welcome bird feeders close to their homes, whatever species of birds that they attracted. You can imagine the horror one bird phobic lady experienced last week when she discovered a visitor in her garden that was somewhat larger than a sparrow.
A male blue Indian peacock was discovered on the loose in Charminster, Dorset and he had found his way into the garden of a women with a severe bird phobia. She had heard the bird’s calls over the previous week and then discovered that it had chosen to visit her garden.
Charlotte Beard from local wildlife rehabilitation charity Animalmadhouse attended the property to capture the bird. When she arrived the peacock was munching on the next door neighbour’s peanuts! The Peacock appeared to be very tame and so is believed to be somebody’s pet but, as yet, the bird has not been claimed.
A New Home
The peacock is now being cared for at Animalmadhouse and it is hoped that his owner will be found. Peacocks are expensive birds and so it would be preferable to find the bird’s owner but if this doesn’t prove possible then he will be found a new home. Pictures of the bird have been taken but not released as he has distinguishing marks. These could help the owner to identify the bird.
If you have lost a peacock then contact the charity to see if their new resident is yours.
If you feed the birds in your garden then you just might receive some uninvited guests! These may be a pleasant surprise or a rather scary experience. By using catchers you can ensure that potential scavengers are restricted to species which can fly and you can prevent your hobby from creating a mess in the garden. You may be lucky enough to receive a visit from a peacock but if not, then there is a fabulous array of wild birds that could pay you a visit.