Duff and Donna Evers discovered a European Peacock this week near Halifax! This is the first record for this Eurasian species from the Maritimes. There are other Canadian records from Montreal and Harriston (southern Ontario). The first record from Montreal dates back to 1997 and there have been several records since. Presumably there is a small population established there. The individuals at Halifax and Harriston likely originated from chrysalises brought in from Eurasia in shipping containers.
While you’re unlikely to find your own peacock, this is a great time of year to look for Eastern Tailed-Blue. David Colville had one in the past week in his yard in Mosher’s Corner, Nova Scotia. Derek Bridgehouse had another in Nova Scotia on July 22. Watch for this species in weedy habitats with a lot of clover. Last year we got the first ever records for Nova Scotia, maybe this year we can do the same for Prince Edward Island. And who knows, when you’re out looking maybe you’ll find a peacock too!