Things in Unusual Places #17: Peahen

Photo of a pea hen in the temporary ladies loos at Whitehall Garden Centre
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I was giggling at my local garden centre recently when I found the pictured peahen seemingly admiring herself in the mirror.

In Corsham, peafowl are a regular sight striding down the High Street, where they've walked over from nearby Corsham Court. Sometimes they venture further afield, up to a couple of miles away.

On one memorable occasion when we first moved to Corsham, a peacock took up residence and installed himself for several weeks over a velux window where we were staying. It made for rather a dim but pretty time in the kitchen as the window was the sole source of natural light.

Inspired by the residents of Corsham Court (and its environs), Whitehall Garden Centre - which is only a few miles away - decided to have its own resident population of the birds. I'd heard their eerie sounding calls on a previous visit, but never expected to find one in the ladies loos.


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    1. Most definitely. There was another on top of the loo block as well!

  2. That's hilarious! What fun to have them wandering about as a matter of course - how many end up flattened by traffic, I wonder...

    1. Corsham High Street is traffic free, so they can wander around quite happily.

  3. I remember working quietly in a garden a few years ago when an unseen Peacock perch on a roof top started calling, it made me jump. I don't think I would want one living in my garden!

    1. I'm not surprised you jumped Brian, they're very loud!

  4. She obviously could read, I wonder if there was a peacock in the gents?

    1. That would be too funny Sue! He was on top of the building - I took a photo of him as well, but it's not as striking as his missus :-)

  5. How funny! I wonder how she got in. Someone must have held the door for her. :o)

  6. Tee hee, now that would make a great picture Tammy!


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