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P1020059So we dragged our pigeons into the garden again because it was such a lovely day today (hooray for sun!). The feral pigeon flock came down again to eat while we were there. It was quite funny really because one minute there weren’t any pigeons about and the next minute Richard alerted me to their presence on top of our roof – staring down at us like something out of Hitchcock’s The Birds. Scary! :D

Georgie was in a happy mood and doing an unusual thing she does when she’s in nesting mode: she kept picking up leaves and twigs but was unable to put them down. Weird. It is as if she forgets that if she simply opens her beak the item will fall out. Instead she shakes her head and scratches at the item to make it come out of her beak. It’s as if she really doesn’t want it there, however, as soon as the item falls out she will go looking for another leaf or twig to pick up and carry for a bit before she wants it out. What a funny girl!

I captured one of the moments on video:

This has happened before but we cannot figure out why she does this since George knows how to line her nest with shredded tissue. Sometimes she carries seed to her nest and puts it around her eggs. I’m constantly amazed at her behaviour and character. Georgie is really a very sweet girl and I could watch her all day.

And then there’s Elmo and his weird behaviour. Check him out trying to woo a plastic cup in our garden:

Although Elmo is utterly devoted to my husband we have caught him wooing socks, shoes and bottles before. Not sure what he sees in these items but he certainly makes a song and a dance about them. And who knows what the feral pigeons were thinking when they saw Elmo courting a plastic cup. Probably thought he’s a bit confused! :)


Georgie with a twig


And now a leaf