Peacock sightings reported near Traffic Circle and Colorado Lagoon

Be on the lookout for peacocks in Long Beach.

Ted Stevens, manager of Long Beach’s Animal Care Services, said he’s had recent reports of peacock sightings in a neighborhood just west of the Traffic Circle, while residents on Twitter have reported sightings near Colorado Lagoon and Ximeno Avenue near Sixth Street.

Peafowl are common in Rancho Palos Verdes, where they’ve caused major controversy over the years, but they’re rare in Long Beach.

While animal controls officers have been called out, the birds are usually too fast to catch, Stevens said, adding that the Traffic Circle area is not a safe place for peafowl.

“If they are confined or injured we might be able to catch them,” he said. “But if they’re healthy, they’re just impossible.”

Resident Ariana Gastelum said she spotted a peacock on Monday around 4:30 p.m. heading from the golf course to Colorado Lagoon.

“I saw her crawl under the fence and run towards the lake, but then she changed her mind when she saw some kids on bikes and hopped on a nearby roof,” she said.

Days later, another resident spotted possibly the same bird strolling down the sidewalk on Ximeno.

This isn’t the first time peafowl have been spotted near Colorado Lagoon. In 2014, a peahen and her babies were captured after a month-long ordeal.

Animal control officers were able to get the babies but the mother evaded capture for weeks. It was a resident who was finally able to capture mom, using her babies to lure her into a trap.

The peafowl family was reunited at an animal sanctuary.

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Kelly Puente is a general assignment and special projects reporter at the Long Beach Post. Her prolific reporting has taken her all over Southern California—even to the small Catalina Island town of Two Harbors. She is a Tiki mug collector and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in public policy and administration at Cal State Long Beach. Reach her at [email protected].
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