One of the joys of Wanstead, regular readers will need no telling, is that it sits near a wonderful cusp of urban and rural. Every time you turn a corner, there’s another bit of Epping Forest peeping through. Sun shining through green is among many people’s perceptions of what makes Wanstead Wanstead. Outside the thrum of the city, you can at last hear the birds singing as they have for thousands of years.
But at four o’clock in the morning? That’s pushing this whole rural thing to the limit.
Among recent arrivals at a house on Hermon Hill, one Wansteadium reader has informed us, is an ostentation of peacocks who are – as is their wont – vocal, day and night.
This is what they sound like, our correspondent (who wishes to remain anonymous) attests. This recording was made in the early evening on Monday.
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Our reader writes: “These birds make a rather loud squawks at all hours of the day and night. With the recent hot weather it’s made it difficult to leave our windows open at night, as the loud squawking is enough to wake up even the deepest of sleepers.
“The noise has become a hot topic of conversation around this part of Wanstead. Just a couple of years ago a neighbour (possibly the same one) bought some cockerels who would be crowing every morning at dawn. If I’m not mistaken they were stolen.
“I do wonder if owning peacocks in a such a residential area is wise, as it really does affect a lot of people when they are making noises pretty much 24 hours a day.”