Nothing to See Here, Folks. Except For All The Peacocks.
So my boss and I just had one of those eureka moments, where one person (me) has known about something odd for years and never thought it newsworthy, and the other party (managing editor Dan Koller) is reeling, like, This is normal to you? Really?
We speak of peacocks. Peacocks in Oak Cliff. I live in the Beckley Club Estates area east of I-35, and my roommate and I have long watched several free-spirited, lawless peacocks do whatever it is they feel like doing — crossing roads, magically appearing in trees and on roofs that’re more than 40 feet off the ground (these guys are mostly flightless, no?), traipsing about in our yard, honking and chortling back and forth at each other, etc.
Once I followed them to Lakeview Drive, a street parallel to ours that’s near a creek, so I’ve figured their permanent address is just around the corner. But they’re roamers, one way or another. And truly beautiful.
Anyway, if you Google “Peacocks in Oak Cliff,” you’ll get this shaky YouTube gem of some female birds with a rap soundtrack, posted by “Labacia” in 2009. I’ve heard tell of the peacocks on a Beckley Club neighbors forum, too. Then there’s the Facebook photo my roommate posted last night, of one of ‘em lording over the backyard from our rooftop.
So tell us, have you seen them?
Research update: A group of peacocks is known as a “muster”‘ or — even better — an “ostentation.”