Mystery of the missing peacock on Long Island

- The sound of a peacock's mating call at a Long Island farm won't be answered any time soon.

"It's the mating season, so I don't have any female peacocks," Eddie Armstrong said. "I think that's why the other one left."

Eddie, 81, spends most of his days running his Lattingtown farm. He had 450 chickens and two peacocks -- until a week ago when Pea 1 flew the coop. Now he said Pea 2 cries all night.

"The two of them just wandered around," he said. "If they got either five or six feet apart they'd kind of start to call each other."

Eddie has received several calls. So far, the 5-year-old peacock was spotted at a church up the road. But what's most surprising: Pea has apparently crossed county borders into Suffolk.

"I've seen a fox, I've seen a deer, rabbits, but never a peacock," said Erica Blau, who described her firsthand experience of peacock pandemonium. She and her husband Al live 12 miles east in Huntington. They ran outside to take pictures. That was the last time Pea was seen.

"It was on the landing, right here, I said 'Wow,'" Al said. "And then I watched him. It just started prancing, walking. Then it walked on the brick and it jumped out onto the driveway. It just kept walking. Then I watched it and it flew onto the top of our chain-link fence."

Eddie said if you see the wayward peacock, you can try to catch him, he doesn't peck. Rumor has it he likes marshmallows, breadcrumbs, and apples. Eddie said he can't get too consumed in his disappearance but hopes he safely returns home soon.

"I think the chickens and peacocks really keep me alive," he said.

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