When there are only a few flowers to choose from in the garden it isn't as great a challenge to chase down the butterflies for photos.
The sulphurs were dancing about in the sunshine this afternoon. Only today they were finding the offering of nectar sources to be much more limited than they are accustom to. After all the cold weather last week, for the most part, only the blooming container plants that were moved into the garage or draped with blankets survived.
It was kind of interesting watching them do a very different dance than their usual 'nectar bar' selections between my yard and the neighbor's. It will be a while before they have a wider variety available. The butterflies and me are saying thank goodness for the salvias.The peacocks have become increasingly annoying. They have found my vegetable garden and are doing their best to make themselves at home in all that fresh dirt I brought in last week. I'll be planting seeds this week and it just won't do for 6 peacocks to be bedding down there during the day. I can be seen shooing them away a couple of times a day at this point.
As pretty and exotic as they are, there are just too many of them- 6 running in this gang. All of the neighbors are concerned that they will produce babies in the spring and no one is really fond of them foraging through their yards as it is.
I'm calling the county animal control tomorrow to see if we can get someone to come capture them and take them to a safer, more undisturbed area.
If so, we can all live happily ever after.
Animal control only deals with cats and dogs and couldn't help me. They did refer me to Fish and Game as they handle wildlife issues. Fish and Game advised me there are no governmnet regulations concerning peacocks. They are considered an exotic ( to which I wanted to say, REALLY? but didn't).
I was further advised that I can pay a "nuisance trapper" to come trap them and take them away. The cost for that is approximately $400.
To that I thought, "I could buy a lot of plants with $400. "