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Aspen Hill learns to live with a colorful neighbor

Tuesday - 8/6/2013, 4:57am  ET

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The peacock made an appearance in Aspen Hill on Monday, but had no comment. (WTOP/Hank Silverberg)

A peacock in Aspen Hill

WTOP's Hank Silverberg reports

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ASPEN HILL, Md. - A quiet, sunny, cool day is a good day for a peacock hunt. And that's just what some folks were did in the neighborhood around Rippling Brook Drive and Blair Stone Lane in Aspen Hill Monday as they looked for a bird that has been living among them since December.

The peacock, a male by its colors, has worked up the neighborhood dogs, but other than that, most people don't seem to worry about it.

Sally Bergin, who was at her mother's house on Blair Stone Lane, says she has only seen the bird once.

"I think it's kind of bizarre. The big question that I hear is 'Where did it come from?'"

She says it's predominantly blue and green, with a little bit of gold.

Her neighbor up the street, Ray Ramsey, says he has seen the peacock several times, the first time on his back patio.

"At the door was the head of the bird, eight feet away was his tail," Ramsey says.

Scott McIntyre says everybody should just leave the bird alone, though he says it is very noisy at night sometimes.

"I don't think it's bothering anybody," he says. "The first time I heard it, it sounded like a dying dog."

Peacocks are not native to Maryland. They live in the wild in places including India, Congo, Burma, Ceylon and Java.

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