Saturday, 14 May 2011


Well, I've learned my lesson - DO NOT sit for two hours with a lap top on your knee. Stupid thing to do, I know, but I was only supposed to be having a quick look, then  I got 'blog reading' and well, time just disappeared. I've damaged a leg. The last five days have been spent living on pain killers and having sleepless nights.Then 'Pidge' appeared.
A 'flown down' racing pigeon. I think that is the term used when a pigeon is too exhausted to fly anymore. Poor 'Pidge' was plodding around the garden unable to fly. It was very thin. I gave it wild bird seed and water. It fed and fed and fed and was very thirsty. Now what to do with it?
It had rings on it's legs and a phone number stamped on it's wing, but unfortunately that was no longer legible. I could just decipher enough to see that the pigeon was from Chester. I'm in Yorkshire, so not only had 'Pidge' a long way to go, but he also had to negotiate the Pennines. An out of condition pigeon couldn't fly all that way.
A friends husband keeps pigeons, I could get some advice, but where has their phone number gone. Looked everywhere, couldn't find it.
Internet? Not a lot of help.
'Pidge' spent two nights in our garage to keep it safe from predators and then this morning I found my friend's phone number.  :-)
Now, I'm happy to report that 'Pidge' has gone to be looked after by C.B. who has a very fine pigeon loft and he will report the bird has found to the appropriate organisation. C.B. identified him as a cock bird. I wish you well and good luck 'Mr. Pidge'. Thankyou to C.B. for taking a weight off my mind.
Now WHY did I forget to take a photo of 'Pidge'? Well I do have a pre-occupation with a poorly leg at the moment, so I'll blame my lapse on that.
The Laburnum has been rather spectacular this year, so here's a picture of that instead.

Can anyone tell me why 'The Old Grump' kept waving a banana at 'Pidge' and calling him an aardvark?


  1. Oh poor you! hope you are feeling a little better. We had a similar experience, when I rang the racing pidgeon HQ they just said, ignore it and it will fly away. Poor thing kept coming into the house looking for some warmth and comfort I guess.
    That laburnham looks lovely, I had several, self seeded ones at Railway. I wonder if they would survive the wind here at Hillside?

  2. Thankyou Kath. I'm glad we have a local pigeon expert, otherwise I might have ended up with a pet pigeon.