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Old 05-14-2012, 07:04 PM
 
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I looked out in my backyard today and guess what I saw perched on my porch railing. A peacock!!! One of the stranger sights I've had in my life. I watched if for a little bit before a fox scared it away. What's the strangest thing you've seen in your backyard?
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Old 05-14-2012, 07:15 PM
 
Location: New-Dentist Colony
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Wow, that is pretty wild. Does Haymarket have wild peacocks? Or do you think this was an escaped pet?

Nothing that odd in our backyard. Just a big brown rabbit. (I'm not counting the trashy neighbors' formerly free-roaming fat labrador, which would appear in our yard before we replaced the fence, as this was not strange, just annoying.)
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Old 05-14-2012, 07:22 PM
 
Location: NOVA
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A saw a groundhog in my little townhouse backyard.
A few weeks ago I saw five vultures roosting in my parents' backyard. That was creepy.
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Old 05-14-2012, 07:23 PM
 
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Wow, that is pretty wild. Does Haymarket have wild peacocks? Or do you think this was an escaped pet?

Nothing that odd in our backyard. Just a big brown rabbit. (I'm not counting the trashy neighbors' formerly free-roaming fat labrador, which would appear in our yard before we replaced the fence, as this was not strange, just annoying.)
I looked on wikipedia, and it didn't list peacocks being from Haymarket, so I'm guessing it was escaped. I called the non-emergency police number and they said that they had a few calls about that peacock today. Not sure I thought the police were the appropriate ones to call, but felt like I should call someone.
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Old 05-14-2012, 07:46 PM
 
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I looked on wikipedia, and it didn't list peacocks being from Haymarket, so I'm guessing it was escaped. I called the non-emergency police number and they said that they had a few calls about that peacock today. Not sure I thought the police were the appropriate ones to call, but felt like I should call someone.
I'm guessing there is someone desperately looking for the peacock. Was it a male with full plumage? How beautiful!! My NOVA list of backyardians is pretty lame (slugs, ticks); with an opossum being the most exciting. When I lived in AZ, it was much more exotic. We had a family of quail, scorpions, snakes, and a Gila Monster.
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Old 05-14-2012, 08:05 PM
 
Location: Everywhere and Nowhere
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Two five point bucks grazing together.
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Old 05-14-2012, 09:18 PM
 
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Two five point bucks grazing together.
Yes, we've had a whole herd here. We have an old dwarf apple tree that feeds the neighborhood. Strange sites surrounding that have included squirrels carrying apples off and dropping them from oak trees. Geese walking down the middle of the street to come feed from the droppings of the tree. Of course deer, rabbits, etc. One night dh saw a possum sitting there chomping away when he came home after dark. The tree is about ready to fall down but i refuse to take it down as it entertains the neighborhood every year.
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Old 05-15-2012, 12:08 AM
 
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We often have a bunch (gaggle? herd? flock?) of wild turkeys. The cutest thing ever was two adult turkeys with 15 gray, fuzzy, babies crossing the road. Yes, I live in the country. A fox lives here who loves to go up our steps to poop on our stone front porch. Lovely thing to wake up to. A deer family also lives here. They eat everything we plant including the tulips. They love to eat the flower and leave the stems. Grrrrr.........
My neighbor called me one day last summer because she had a rather large goat on her deck. He had chased her kids inside the house and wouldn't leave the deck. She called animal control and they replied that they don't handle live stock. She said, "then you should be called 'SOME animal control' "! Hours later another neighbor realized that they were missing a goat and they retrieved it from the deck.
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Old 05-15-2012, 04:09 AM
 
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Wildlife - deer singly and in groups, possums, skunk, rabbits, skink (!), coyote, snakes, toads, fox, feral cats, falcon/hawk, and a turkey, however the last two were around the corner in our side yard.

No big deal if this were the boonies, however our back "yard" is about 8 feet deep...

The skink was discovered by accident - I was taking out a bunch of totally useless plastic termite bait stations (we call them "termite feeding stations"...but that's, ahem, food for a different thread) and one of the holes that remained apparently attracted wildlife - when I came back to fill it in a couple days later the skink had taken up residence. The hole is still there years later (soft heart me).
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Old 05-15-2012, 04:21 AM
 
Location: Reston
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fox with a broken leg
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