Watch CBS News

Neighborhood in a pique after preening peacock pinched by Eden Prairie powers that be

Neighbors in Eden Prairie cry fowl over peacocks
Neighbors in Eden Prairie cry fowl over peacocks 01:57

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Some neighbors in Eden Prairie are crying fowl after a pair of wild peacocks have taken up residency.

If the peacocks were people they're so popular, they'd easily become the HOA president. The problem -- they're loud and sometimes confrontational.

CBS News

That doesn't bother Mike Berdahl.

"They're totally harmless. They're beautiful," Berdahl said.

Berdahl, along with many neighbors, consider two peacocks nicknamed Brownie and Peapod as part of the fabric of their neighborhood.

For at least one family though, who neighbors say moved in during the pandemic, it's been too much.

They weren't home to talk with WCCO, but neighbors say they've tried to get the birds to stay off their property by running sprinklers. They even removed their back deck.

This month, wildlife control picked up Peapod -- but Brownie got away. 

"You always saw them in pairs. They were always together. And now there's only one and he seems to be making a lot more noise in the last couple of days," said Berdahl.

While no one knows why, there's been at least one peacock living in the neighborhood since the 90s.

Then in 2017, a neighbor felt he was lonely and bought a peacock from a game farm. Next, three peacock chicks were born.

Nancy Beaumont's family took them in.

"They just were a real blessing and just sweet birds and really fun to learn about," Beaumont said.

The Beaumants say they aren't angry that Peapod was taken, but they want the two birds to be reunited.

View CBS News In
CBS News App Open
Chrome Safari Continue
Be the first to know
Get browser notifications for breaking news, live events, and exclusive reporting.