Peacock Boys at the Cathedral

Walking the pandemic

Peacocks have freely wandered the grounds at Saint John’s Cathedral in Morningside Heights since the 1980s.

The three peacocks currently in residence, Jim, Harry and Phil, are older gentlemen now, but age is no obstacle to the call of spring. There are no peahens on the premises, yet the three peacocks still rise to the season, displaying their gorgeous tails, squawking and strutting. I went seeking them on this beautiful chilly morning.

Someone peeks around the corner …

I see you.

And lets out a joyful sound. More like an ear-splitting honk to human ears, but presumably a romantic “come-hither” to available peafowl.

Glass-shattering squawk.

The other blue peacock was hidden behind a truck and I had almost given up on finding the third, when a flash of white drew my eye to a far corner of the extensive grounds.

It was Phil, the white peacock, flapping to the fence rail.

He landed awkwardly, then posed for a moment.

And launched himself down onto the other side.

He grazed a bit in the grass.

I left him there and walked away. Again, a flash of white caught my eye. In his quiet corner, just off Amsterdam Avenue, the peacock displayed his beauty for no one.

Thanks to Saint John’s Cathedral for keeping their grounds open to the public and providing the neighborhood with respite from its cares.

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12 Comments on “Peacock Boys at the Cathedral”

  1. Charlotte Says:

    So nice you can still walk there. Oh how I miss NY in the spring, so beautiful. And that last shot! He was showing off for you, of course!

  2. Kurt Mantooth Says:

    What a welcome respite from sequestration — the posts are so refreshing. Please keep these miracles flowing.

  3. Laurel Says:

    Amazing birds and photography! Glad to see your blog again! Stay safe!

  4. Patricia Says:

    So glad to see your delightful commentary and beautiful pictures. Relieves the monotony and soothes the soul. Thank you.

  5. alaspooryorick Says:

    Glad to see you back. Fabulous to have encountered the Peacock Boys through Walking the Dog.

  6. Sally F Says:

    Wonderful!! Love all the pics!

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