Huddersfield’s exotic and elusive wild peacock is on the move.
And he must be the only peacock with a bus pass, as he’s been sighted in locations across Huddersfield.
After sightings near Yew Tree Lane, Slaithwaite, at the end of last month by reader Wendy Linley, the adventurous avian has apparently spread his wings.
And according to Crosland Moor resident Mr Bernard Dodson, he’s not hanging around.
Mr Dodson, who also had two parrakeets in his garden in the past, said: “It’s a beautiful bird.
“I don’t know where it has come from, perhaps it has escaped from someone’s garden.
“It wouldn’t be tempted with food. We followed the bird when it went on to the road and it disappeared under some bushes very quickly. I’ve no idea where it is now.”
Before disappearing, the peacock made a tour of local gardens, landing on a wall for a better view of his location.
Hours later the bird appeared in a garden in Grasscroft Road, Honley, to the delight of local children on their way home from school.
Mrs Alison Booth, who managed to get near enough for some photographs, said: “I saw the children looking into our garden and wondered what the fuss was about.
“He was strutting around and let me get fairly close, before moving off after about 10 minutes.
“A neighbour said he had heard what sounded like a peacock during the previous night”.
According to Wikipedia, there are two types of peafowl, the blue or Indian, and the green version from Burma, Indochina, and Java. The Huddersfield peacock appears to be the latter type.
In the wild, peafowl like to nibble on plants, grass, flower petals and variety of seeds. They hunt insects like ants, crickets, millipedes and even small mammals.