We heard a noise this morning and looked out to see the peacock, back again in all his glory, this time right on the patio.
Last night, I left a few plastic containers containing small irrigation parts on the patio. The bird was very interested in the containers and the parts, pecking experimentally at them a couple of times. The cats were amazed at first and began stalking but they soon realized the bird had the advantage and pulled back to observation mode.
The peacock, quite obviously somebody's pet, seemed relaxed in the company of the cats. I walked out and he didn't appear to be upset by my presence either. The cats, their legendary curiosity satisfied, actually wandered off and left him alone.