Residents baffled as peacock roams Welwyn Garden City

PUBLISHED: 14:03 30 May 2011

The peacock standing on the roof in Salmon Close

The peacock standing on the roof in Salmon Close


A FLAMBOYANT visitor has been ruffling a few brightly-coloured feathers this week, during a bizarre wander through WGC.

To both the amusement and confusion of witnesses, an errant peacock has been seen strutting around various parts of town.

The distinctive-looking bird has been seen nonchalantly strolling through residential streets and places of work all week.

The male bird – known for its colourful plumage of blue and green feathers, which it uses to court females – was first seen last Tuesday, by Knella Road resident Dave Neicho, who encountered the colourful pheasant walking down his street at 6am.

And since then, several other sightings have been brought to the Welwyn Hatfield Times’ attention.

Kef Thomas, centre manager of Albany Chambers, a business centre in Bridge Road East, contacted the newsdesk after seeing the peacock wandering outside the building’s forecourt.

“Nobody knows where it’s from and nobody who I’ve contacted wants to claim it,” Mr Thomas said.

“From my clients I believe this peacock has been seen around WGC extensively recently. So if anyone wants to claim or catch it, it tends to visit us mid afternoon on Bridge Road East.”

The wandering bird was also seen by workers in neighbouring Albany Place.

Jonathan Pang, who works for consultancy firm Enterprise Mouchel, snapped the peacock walking past his office window.

The peacock was last seen surveying the town from atop a house in Salmon Close, off Rowans, and captured on camera by our snapper Casey Gutteridge.

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