This is not just any pigeon …. it is a HOMING pigeon, a thoroughbred of the avian world. I’m not into the hobby myself, though apparently it is very popular. This little mite appeared on the smallholding at the start of last week. It is a lot more comfortable around humans than the wood pigeons that decimate our brassicas. The bird mooched around the Dutch barn for a number of days and showed no signs of flying away. At first, we thought we had a sick bird on our hands and so we left out seed over a few days, (I know – old softies that we are). By midweek, the bird was still keeping the OH company as he worked on the barn, which allowed the lovely OH to note the presence of the leg rings. So he caught the bird.
He’s handy like that.
The pigeon was ensconced in the piggery with a deep dish of fresh water and bird seed; plus straw bedding – very boutique hotel accommodation. This is not the first time a homing pigeon has appeared on the holding. Reporting a stray bird is very simple – the Royal Pigeon Racing Association has a handy little wizard app for providing details of a stray.
We received a letter from them within 2 days, with the owner’s details. The lovely OH contacted the owner who came this afternoon with his grandson to collect the bird who had gone missing 2 weeks ago. It seems that the bird may have been injured and was slowly making it’s way back home. Now the lassie will be housed with the youngsters as her mate has been paired with another.
Bon chance ma petite.