Amid peafowl squawks emanating from a tape recorder, Mayor Jerome Belsky directed residents seeking a reduction of the city's flock to poll their neighbors on how best to deal with the noisy birds. Belsky asked that the results be made known to the City Council "so we can have some feeling about what the neighborhood thinks."
Resident Jack Shnable presented a sympathetic council Tuesday with a tape recording of peafowl in full chorus. The recording was made at 5:30 a.m. on April 18 and 9:10 a.m. on May 6, he said. Shnable has lived for 28 years on Buckskin Lane, one of two principal streets in Rolling Hills Estates where wild peafowl live.
"When I first moved in you could hear one and see one once in awhile," he said after the meeting.
Shnable asked the council to consider reducing the flock, which was introduced 60 years ago, to a "sensible level" by trapping and "sharing" them with other persons and communities.
In the past three years, he said, he has had to replace two television antennas and two ground plantings because his yard is an attractive nesting site for the colorful birds.