South Delta is recognized around the world as an important stopover for many species of birds - but this colourful character is certainly not one of them.
Local resident Bruce Hutchison couldn't believe his eyes last week when he saw a peacock in Ladner, perched majestically in a tree as if it owned the place.
Hutchison is a volunteer with OWL and was on his way to the East Ladner bird rehabilitation centre when he noticed the colourful bird sitting on a branch near 64th Street and 36th Avenue.
He got out of his car to take some photos, wondering how the bird got there and where it came from.
"At first I thought it was an eagle, but it looked odd. Then I looked up and I noticed it was a peacock.
We don't have any zoos around here, so maybe it came from some farm.
Someone is missing a peacock," he said.
The species is native to India, Pakistan, western China, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, but can be seen in these parts at zoos.
Hutchison said he wonders if the bird could fly, saying it would have been difficult to get so high on a tree if its wings were clipped. He said at least two other people noticed the bird.
Delta Community Animal Shelter manager Sarah Lowe said the shelter hadn't received any reports of missing peacocks.
The Greater Vancouver Zoo isn't missing any peacocks, said general manager Jody Henderson, who noted a hobby farmer probably owns the bird in question.
She said there are quite a few peacocks out there as pets.
It's still possible for them to end up in high places, even when their wings are clipped, she noted.
Hutchison hasn't seen the mystery bird since last Tuesday, but is sure it's not joining others on the Pacific Flyway.
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