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We hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas this year. We certainly did. Elmo and Georgie helped decorate the tree by flying up to the top to place the baubles and the star. … Just kidding. Our two pigeons cannot fly that well.

We placed Elmo and Georgie’s presents under the tree and they were certainly intrigued by the shiny packages. :)

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Georgie and Elmo's Christmas presents

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Georgie taking a closer look!

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Elmo is curious too!

Here’s the boy opening his present:

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We thought it was the perfect gift for Elmo because it moves about and is soft so he can preen it (or peck it if he so pleases!). Elmo sure had fun with the yappy puppy!

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Georgie received a soft cuddly hedgehog to have in her cage so she can preen it (since she loves to preen fluffy things). Sadly, Georgie doesn’t like the camera so she rarely lets me take any video of her.

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After we had all opened our presents and there were boxes, wrapping paper and bubblewrap everywhere, Georgie decided to have another look in case we’d missed anything. She loved the bubblewrap!

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We wish everyone a Happy New Year!


Richard received a surprising gift from his Secret Santa at work, and he couldn’t wait to show them to Elmo when he got home. Meet Fergie and Scarlet, the newest members of our pigeon family:

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We think they’re awesome – a lovely Christmas present! – however, Elmo wasn’t impressed at all:

Georgie didn’t like the sound they made so she ran away whenever she heard them near her.

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Georgie pigeon meets Fergie

We tried again to introduce Scarlet and Fergie to Elmo without him pecking them.

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Elmo pecking the toy pigeons

Richard calmed Elmo down and then placed the toys near him in his nest, and Elmo tolerated them while he cooed and twitched to Richard:

We’ve already learnt that Elmo does not like any other pigeons in the home (our attempts with Dora, Minnie, and Button have all been a failure), so we really should stop collecting other pigeons (even inanimate, or in this case, animate ones). But I cannot help myself. Pigeons are simply too adorable. :)

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Many of you may already know that I work at a wildlife rescue centre, and as a result, I have cared for many injured and orphaned pigeons (in fact, woodpigeons are the second most common animal we have brought in – over 410 this year! – hedgehogs being the first). My love of pigeons was sparked from hand-rearing the orphaned feral pigeons, and both Elmo and Georgie were first taken to my work before we welcomed them into our home. So while I’ve helped rear and rehabilitate hundreds of pigeons, I don’t often find ones that need rescuing.

In the past few months, however, I’ve found two feral pigeons that needed rescuing. One was walking slowly across a road in town and the short steps it was taking caught my attention. I could see that something was wrong, and as I approached the pigeon it didn’t have the strength to fly away. I picked it up and took it immediately to work. The poor pigeon was painfully thin and sadly died the same day. I had found it when it was at the end of its life. It is always sad when a rescued animal dies, however, at least the pigeon was in a safe and warm environment in its last hours.

The second feral pigeon I found was standing one morning by my car as I was preparing to leave for work. It didn’t fly away when I approached it and was clearly in need of rescuing. Once at work, I could see that the feral was thin and had a puncture wound by his right wing. He’s in a warm cage and receiving the medication he needs, and hopefully, in a few weeks, he’ll recover and be released. Fingers crossed.

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The second feral pigeon in need


We have a friendly tabby cat visiting us now. He turned up one day, meowing at the door and since we mistakenly fed him, he’s turning up every night for a meal and cuddles. (Ok, I admit it, it was deliberate. We knew if we fed him he’ll keep returning. We simply couldn’t help ourselves. The cat is so friendly and adorable!)

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Meet "our" cat.

I’ve been trying to get a good photo of the cat, but the flash is so harsh. I’ll keep trying.

I borrowed a microchip scanner from work to see if the cat has a microchip (since he hasn’t got a collar on), but the scanner didn’t pick up any. Since the cat is in such good condition and is of a good weight, I don’t think he’s homeless, however, his hunger worries us a bit. But then again, cats can be just as greedy as dogs! :)

We let the cat in a few times with the pigeons safely away just in case, but the cat doesn’t like it if I close the door. He needs the option to dash out if he wants. He’s a bit wary but loves his evening meal, and once we start stroking him he usually wants to cuddle up onto our lap. After a while he gets up, goes out, and disappears into the darkness.

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The cat comes into our flat

I want to call him “Sir Drools-a-lot” since he is a drooler. I’ve never known a cat to drool so much. Every time he lovingly head butts my hand (to scent mark it. I’m no fool; I know why cats rub), he leaves a little wet patch. Yuck. And when he sat on my lap the other night, he left a puddle on my leg.

Last night we let Elmo meet the cat. In a controlled manner and under strict observation, of course. We cannot risk the cat attacking our beloved pigeons. But the cat wasn’t interested in Elmo at all. In fact, when Elmo flapped, the cat ran away. Elmo, on the other hand, wasn’t impressed with the intruder. Richard was stroking the cat, who was lying down on the floor, and Elmo walked over and tried to peck the cat. Elmo has no predator awareness instincts; he thinks he’s the king of the house and no one tells him what to do.

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Elmo and the cat

In the above photo, the cat is having his dinner while Elmo checks him out. When he was finished and walked away, Elmo went over to inspect what the cat had left (first time he left anything):

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Elmo inspects the cat food

Even though I know that there are people who have pigeons and cats living together, I don’t think I could do that since you cannot trust the two together. You’d never be able to relax and would always have to keep an eye on them. I have enough trouble keeping an eye on Elmo and Georgie together since Elmo doesn’t like Georgie and will attack her if she gets too close to him. However, the cat is so lovely and I’m sure he’ll continue to visit us. I hope we find his owner just so we can sleep in peace, however, if the cat is homeless then we’ll have to find him a good home.


Today our darling Elmo boy is 11 years old. Can you believe it?!

“Happy Hatchday, Elmo!!”

We’ve had Elmo for 3 years now, however, it feels like we’ve known and lived with him for longer. He’s such an integral part of our family that it’s hard to imagine what our life was like before him.

We woke up to a very happy pigeon on the bedside table, cooing and wing twitching with joy as he saw that we were awake and available to give him his morning hug. Then it was time for his presents: A knitted pigeon and a jar of pine nuts! :)

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Elmo's hatchday presents

Elmo received a card from his original mum, as well as a card from us. I knitted the pigeon for Elmo (the pigeon is Cooey pigeon from Stitch London) and I think Elmo enjoyed playing with him (*ahem* pecking him *ahem*) very much, as you can see from the video:

We’ll be showering Elmo with even more love and affection today, and I’m sure he’ll be sick of all the cuddles and treats he receives by the end of the day. :)

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Elmo tucking into the pine nut jar


Here are a few of my favourite videos our pet pigeons, Georgie, Elmo and Dora:


I’ve been a bit preoccupied and haven’t been writing as much about my two disabled, tame pigeons, Georgie and Elmo - which I feel bad about – but when you discover a new interest, it can take up all your time and energy in the first few weeks of fresh discovery and excitement.

So what has been luring me away from blogging? Well, knitting actually. I won’t go into it in detail (you can read a bit about it here if you want: Elmo, wool and a pair of knitting needles and My pigeon flock – knitted of course!) but what I will say is that Georgie does not approve of my new hobby, whilst Elmo does.

Georgie truly believes that my lap is only there for her to sit on and that my hands are only in existence to pet and cuddle her. When I’m knitting my hands are in constant movement, thus disturbing her nap on my lap, and the needles may accidentally poke her, so as you can imagine, Georgie does not like me knitting in the evening when she is simply trying to have a snooze!! I get quite a few pecks and angry coos for my knitting endeavors.

Elmo, on the other hand, thinks the yarn and completed knitted toys are there for him to court. He’ll jump over, give his best “How you doing?” coo, and then attempt to mount the yarn ball. It can be quite distracting when I’m trying to knit.

I guess cats don’t have a monopoly on yarn balls. :)

Ps. As I’m writing this Elmo has hopped onto the coffee table to coo and prance around a yarn ball. He’s getting his feet tangled in the wool, silly boy. Gotta go rescue him!


We sadly lost Teresa, a disabled white pigeon, today. She passed away in the afternoon after living in the resident pigeon aviary at my work for over 6 years due to a broken wing. While we don’t know how old she was when she was first brought to the rescue centre, we could, however, see that she was an older girl.

A few months ago we noticed that Teresa found it hard to walk about, especially if the ground wasn’t even, so we housed her in a seperate pen with two young pigeons for company (the males in the resident aviary were harassing her too much and she couldn’t get away from them easily), and she was fine with them and living her life as comfortably as possible until the end. She had received pain relief and other medication to help her with her mobility but we noticed no improvement.

Teresa was a reserved pigeon but loved her side of a nesting hutch and defended it from all intruders. I was very sad when her mate, Hookbill, died suddenly last year and was hoping she would pair up with one of the single male pigeons, but she didn’t seem to like them at all. Teresa never remated.

I hope that the life we provided her was good enough and that she didn’t suffer in her last hour of life. I was sadly not there to see her pass away. I will miss her.

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Beautiful Teresa

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Teresa (top right)

Teresa in her half of the hutch, defending it from Stanley (bottom right), the late Big Bob (top left) and Peaches (bottom left) who tried to cohabit together in the other side of the hutch.


Bath time is usually on the weekends, especially if the sun is shining, however, this time Elmo wanted a shower! He was standing on the laundry basket, keeping Richard company, but then he started to shiver and shake as he looked at the water falling down into the tub. Elmo was excited!!

So Richard placed him on the dry end of the tub and Elmo, being the silly boy he is, backed into the falling water. He got himself thoroughly wet!

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Elmo having a shower

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All wet!

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Drying off!

Georgie, on the other hand, wasn’t as adventurous. She stuck to having a bog standard bath! :)

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Georgie having a bath


Last night Georgie stayed up late past her bedtime without any problems. Usually, if she’s on the sofa with us after 10pm, Georgie gets very moody and starts to peck us. She doesn’t like the TV on (the flickering light from it) and doesn’t like it if I move about. She basically wants us to go to sleep. So, at 10pm I put Georgie in her cage and cover half with a cloth to prevent the light from the TV disturbing her (her cage is in the living room). Georgie will then fall asleep without any problem and is quite content with this arrangement.

However, last night, Georgie was with us past midnight. She was asleep on me, snuggled up under my chin – her favourite spot! (And I have the scratches to prove it! Georgie likes to scratch about to make her “nest” more comfortable.) I had to stay still so as to not disturb her – and I have to say, a pigeon under the chin is a very warm and soft “neck-warmer”! :)

We’ve been thinking that Elmo also needs a bedtime because he gets restless if we stay up late. My husband is going to try putting Elmo away on the bedside table (where Elmo sleeps at night) after 10pm and see if that works. I’m not sure Elmo will approve of going to bed without his “mate” though.

Elmo often falls alseep on Richard’s chest anyway:

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Elmo, one content little pigeon

In other news, we bought Georgie a cat nest to hide in. We were going to get it for her hatchday, however, we weren’t able to get to the shops in time, so we gave it to her the day after. Georgie seems to like it, although she often uses it as platform to launch herself across the room in an attempt at flying (she still manages to fly backwards).

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Georgie, "King of the hill"

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Georgie checking out her new nest

Our sofa space is now reduced even more. Georgie taking up one end, Elmo the other. I think we need a bigger sofa!! :D