On Sunday, with Thanksgiving dinners safely in the past, a few dozen wild turkeys emerged from the woods to dine on sunflower seeds beneath the bird feeder. One bird flew up onto the deck to get a closer look at cache of seeds hanging from the pole. I’ve seen many wild turkeys up close, and several have been on the deck before, but this one looked different. It had hairy feathers growing vertically from its head, a white face, and a shiny green neck. I jokingly remarked that a peacock is on the deck.
And I was so close. Only the males are referred to as peacocks, and according the picture on Wikipedia, it appeared that this was an Indian Blue Peahen. I have no idea where this bird came from, but I’m assuming that it’s an escaped domesticated bird. I never heard of peafowl in Michigan, and I don’t know if it can survive the winter, but it was a pleasant surprise.