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So what’s been happening lately in our lives. Well, Georgie laid an egg, but only one! Pigeons usually lay two so I was very surprised that Georgie hadn’t laid another one. But I guess since she’s had such a big break from the last time she didn’t have the energy or inclination to go all out. Anyway, Georgie is happy at the moment and busy with her incubation.

Although she’s still not pleased with me disturbing her for a photo. Here’s Georgie about to wing slap me:


I have to admit that I’ve been missing cuddling up to Georgie. I’m giving Elmo more attention, much to his displeasure! :) I think George is upset with me because I’m not pulling my weight, i.e. I’m not doing my part in incubating (both the male and the female pigeon incubate – they take turns).

There’s not much to report about Elmo. Just that he’s a little git! :) Loving Richard, hating me. His feathers have grown completely in his bald patch, however, he now needs to preen the feather follicles off:


And once again it has snowed in this part of the world. I’ve got to clear a spot in the garden so that the wildlife can be fed (and not sink into the snow!). I saw our local fox walk up our stairs and through the fence into the neighbours garden this morning. He looks very healthy. I didn’t get a chance to take a photo of him.

The ferals and woodpigeons have been down to eat the seed I put out for them. We haven’t had much problems with the feral pigeon flock since we feed them sporadically, however, when it snows I put out food more regularily to help them out. It can be tough for the wildlife when there’s a sudden snowfall.

And lastly, we had a pleasant surprise when opening the beer box:



Last week Elmo panicked when he couldn’t find his human mate, Richard, who had gone into the kitchen. For some reason Elmo didn’t look in the kitchen, rather he went into the bathroom and flapped about in a panic. Hearing the commotion Richard quickly went to Elmo and calmed him down, however, he found a clump of feathers on the floor. It seems to us that Elmo might have plucked them out in his panic. The only other explanation is that they fell out from the stress. Poor boy!

Richard found the bald patch on the side of Elmo’s chest and we were very surprised to see how big it was! Thankfully, new feathers are growing in the bald spot and we hope this incident doesn’t happen again.

Photo of bald patch taken on the 3rd Dec:

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And the new feather growth on the 8th Dec:

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P1040522Georgie girl has a fetish for one of my pyjama bottoms. If I’m wearing them and lounging on the sofa on a lazy Saturday morning Georgie will always come over and peck at them for hours. She only does this behaviour to this pyjama, and I don’t know why.

She pecks and pecks and it looks to me as if she thinks it’s edible. If I put her somewhere else she’ll find her way back to me and my pyjamas. Obsessive or what?! :)

Maybe I should make a teddy bear out of them for her so she can have it in her cage for company – seeing as she likes the material so much (is it the pattern? Or the texture?).

In other news, Elmo’s moult has reached his head and he was a bit bald looking for a while. Now new feathers are growing through and he looks like this:


He looks like a pin cushion!! :D

Has anyone else noticed the lovely bald patch on a pigeon’s abdomen?

What about how wet pigeon smells like wet dog?

I have to say that wet pigeon smells just as bad as wet dog does. :D Why is that? How can feathers smell like dog hair? Well, they do and the other evening a very wet Elmo was sitting on the sofa next to me and he stank! I had to move him further down the sofa to give me a bit of relief from the smell. … Stinky boy! :)


Elmo's brood patch

The bald spot – called a brood patch – on a pigeon’s sternum is very endearing. Both males and females have it and it’s used to incubate the eggs and keep the hatched babies warm. When incubating the mum or dad pigeon (both take turns) will move their chest feathers out, move the eggs against the bald spot, and settle their feathers back down to conceal the eggs. If you put your fingers against the skin on a pigeon’s bald patch you’ll feel how hot it is there. I love to think of the eggs or babies snuggled so warmly and safe against their parents skin.

A final little thing: I’m not sure if other pigeons do this, but Georgie responds to certain actions with what I can only describe as ‘smacking her lips’. :) If I smack my lips together Georgie will do the same. Then she’ll gently peck at my lips and attempt to drink from my mouth. If I rattle a spoon against a mug Georgie will smack her lips. Then she’ll try to drink from the mug. :D