|I never managed to get a photo of the two hens together. This is the one bringing up the rear.|
|She followed her sister to the dirt path just inside the Xylosma hedge and, when I followed them, they both ducked through the hedge and down our back slope|
The hens are large birds but not nearly as flashy as the males.
|This is a photo of the male during his visit on May 13th|
|Unlike the male, who took a relatively leisurely stroll through our entire garden, the hens scuttled away from me, moving too fast for me to do a good job focusing the camera|
|This was the last shot I got of her|
She hustled through the thicket of ivy that marks the transition between our neighbors' property and ours, presumably following her sister. Unlike the male, they didn't make a return trip so I'm hoping they didn't find the garden to their liking and won't be moving in to raise a family here. This morning, a friend (same city but miles away) disclosed that she came home following an appointment yesterday to find a peahen with three chicks nesting on her front door mat. Cute as the little family may have been, I'd prefer that they take up residence elsewhere, preferably some distance away. They can chase away other birds, make a lot of noise, and cause significant damage to gardens and property. As it is, I'm still having enough trouble with the resident gopher...
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