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Residents’ feathers are ruffled by bird

Give that bird an ASPO – that’s an Anti-Social Peacock Order! An escaped peacock has been causing a few problems in Bollington after taking up very noisy residence on the rooftops.

Give that bird an ASPO – that’s an Anti-Social Peacock Order! An escaped peacock has been causing a few problems in Bollington after taking up very noisy residence on the rooftops.

The early bird, which started strutting its stuff on Church Street two weeks ago, is waking residents up at 4.30am every morning with its distinctive call.

Actor Steve Murphy, 53, who lives on neighbouring Silver Street, said: "It’s very pretty but a bit of a nuisance as it has a very raucous call that can wake you up at time from 4.30am onwards. I wonder if we can apply for an ASBO?"

Steve added: "It’s been there just over two weeks now.

"It seems to have taken a liking to the roofs around here – it’s landed on our roof a couple of times and it sounds as if the sky is falling in, it’s such a thud!"

The dad added: "It’s not in any distress – it seems to be quite happy. People have been trying to coax it down with hot cross buns."

The Macclesfield Express has tracked down the owners of the escaped peacock but they refused to reveal their identity.

They have spoken to Bollington vet Nick Rushton.

Nick, of Bollington Veterinary Centre, said: "We are aware a peacock is loose in Bollington. The owners are trying to recapture it."

Ornithologist David Tolliday, treasurer for Macclesfield RSPB, said he had received an email from a resident asking for advice about the bird.

David, 54, of Gleneagles Drive, said: "He’s probably looking for a mate, hasn’t found one but is staying because he’s being fed.

"They do fly a bit and walk quite a long way so we would suggest you don’t feed him and he’ll probably make his own way home."

 

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