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Peacocks spotted wandering around Sholden Fields in Deal are estate's newest residents

Peacocks have been pictured roaming around a new housing estate - but residents aren't alarmed.

The colourful creatures wandering the roads and pathways at Sholden Fields in Deal sparked concern that they were 'on the loose' from a local farm or wildlife attraction.

Up to four peacocks have been seen wandering around Sholden Fields estate Picture: Kaylie Golding
Up to four peacocks have been seen wandering around Sholden Fields estate Picture: Kaylie Golding

One social media user even alerted the RSPCA via Twitter.

But the birds have in fact been bringing joy to both the old and young living at Sholden Fields near Deal.

The first sighting, according to one resident, was on Saturday, November 9.

Since then, neighbours have continued to post about them on a private residents' page.

The four birds, one of which is white, are thought to belong to a resident at the new housing development which was completed by Ward Homes in 2013.

The beautiful birds are thought to belong to a resident in Sholden Picture: Kaylie Golding
The beautiful birds are thought to belong to a resident in Sholden Picture: Kaylie Golding
One of the birds seen by Sholden residents is white Picture: Emma Kulahci
One of the birds seen by Sholden residents is white Picture: Emma Kulahci

According to resident Kaylie Golding, the creatures even stick to a curfew.

She said: "We think they are from Hull Place and apparently they go home every night as soon as it gets dark.

"They have recently started wandering around Sholden Fields estate and everyone loves them.

"We've been desperate to see them so were so happy when they came on the drive yesterday.

"The are very friendly, they came straight up to me and my daughter Pennie when we opened the front door."

The peacocks pictured here peering over a brick wall are never too far away from each other Picture: Emma Kulahci
The peacocks pictured here peering over a brick wall are never too far away from each other Picture: Emma Kulahci

Peacocks are ground-feeders that eat insects, plants and small creatures.

Technically, the term peacock should be reserved only for the male birds with the term peahen used for females. Peafowl is the correct term to refer to both male and female.

Peafowls are best known for their flamboyant tail feathers with elaborate iridescent colouration.

It is the male who boasts the more distinct, colourful feathers while peahens tend to be light brown in colour with white bellies. This is to help them easily blend in with her surrounding environment when caring for her young.

Both Kent Police or RSPCA say there have received no official reports of concern for the birds.

Do these peacocks belong to you? Please get in touch via eperkins@thekmgroup.co.uk

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