Catch the (rejected) pigeon


So we rescued this beauty yesterday, who was tired, hungry and thirsty and had been hanging around work for days. A carrier pigeon that had lost her way, she landed at work and just hung around on the open ground with members of staff.

We were advised that the owner of this bird wouldn’t want her back because she had lost her way – if she was taken back they would simply wring her neck and discard. How nice of them? We fed her, but she was too exposed to predation where she was.

I was all set to take her home and try to keep her near the bottom of my garden, but with nothing to keep her in she was still exposed to predators. I had the idea to ask my mum to take her. She has a dove cote, and a large, sheltered garden. This little one looked like she’d appreciate a dove cote and some TLC.

She was boxed up yesterday and I got a text last night which read, “Pigeon sleeping on bed of bracken in dove cote with food and water. Is prob exhausted.”. So she’s slept on a bed of bracken! Sounds comfy to me.


About Obscure Thing

Londoner. RHS trained Horticulturist. Vegan. BSc (Hons) Zoology with Film Studies.

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