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A wonderful story about a beautiful friendly pigeon, Perry: Friendly pigeon causes a stir in Vicars Cross

And his Facebook fanpage: The Vicars Cross Pigeon!!!

It’s so nice to see other pigeons on Facebook and reported in the news. More positive publicity is needed about these wonderful pigeons!!! :)

Friendly pigeon causes a stir in Vicars Cross

Mar 18 2010 by Mark Dowling, Chester Chronicle

A FRIENDLY pigeon has been causing a stir in Vicars Cross.

The pigeon, who has been given the name of Perry, frequently tries to get into residents’ houses or land on the heads of those passing nearby.

Perry has begun to attract an online following on Facebook, with 125 people signing up to the Vicars Cross pigeon ‘fanpage’, where members can submit photos and videos of the pigeon’s unusual behaviour.

Helen Chester, who runs Tarvin Bridge Garage with Mark Purtill, said the pigeon often comes into their Tarvin Road business when it opens.

She said: “It is a most bizarre and potty pigeon. It flew into our reception one day and people were asking about it.

“If you put your arm to it, it will land on it, and will land on people’s heads whether they want Perry to or not!

“Perry has been here for at least the last six months.”

(From: http://www.chesterchronicle.co.uk/chester-news/local-chester-news/2010/03/18/friendly-pigeon-causes-a-stir-in-vicars-cross-59067-26054691/)

I had a good day at work today with the wild, rescued and resident pigeons. Although it was a bit cold at times, today was sunny and clear and one of those days where you know you’ll get things done. One of the jobs I’ve been meaning to get done was to redo Pidge’s aviary, the aviary that houses tame and disabled pigeons (see Dora’s friends).

After the prolonged snow we had in December and again in January the roof of Pidge’s aviary caved in a bit and we had to relocate the pigeons into a smaller aviary. Unfortunately the original aviary had to be dismantled because it was old and worn down. We are planning on building a bigger aviary for the tame and disabled pigeons, however, we’ve had some setbacks so the pigeons are having to stay in the smaller one for a while still. They don’t seem to mind, they are so preoccupied in courting and nesting, but the hutches and perches needed redoing. And today was the day I was going to get it done!

So, first I had to locate another hutch and then needed to make some modifications to the existing ones, and then the aviary and hutches needed a total clean, and then I had to put in some logs and perches in the right places (to also allow the flightless pigeons to get up off the ground). And then fresh bedding material and fresh food and water was needed. Phew, hard work all this. … Ok, I’m making it sound as if I did all the work. In reality all the hard grafting was done by a strong volunteer, but I did all the brain work and organisation!!

And here’s the result:




I think it looks great. I had to make do with what was lying about my workplace and think a bit what would be best for the pigeons – by dividing the hutches up I’ve made more nesting places so all the pigeon pairs have a spot, and it will reduce any fighting. And now that the legs of the hutches have been removed Dora won’t be able to hide away to lay eggs – I can keep a better eye on what’s going on in the aviary and find eggs easily. When the new aviary is built I’ll get proper pigeon lofts built for them so it’ll look neater and be more appropriate for the pigeons.

Here’s a video of them in the new surroundings. At 1:15 you’ll see Stanley (white pigeon with grey patches on back) run into frame to woo Dora who flew down with Pidge hot on her heels. Stanley is very happy with the new hutches and logs because now he can get higher and follow Dora about more than he used to, although he still wants to get to the top perches but can’t because of his broken wing.

The other day a man brought in a friendly feral pigeon that had been hanging about a care home. The residents there were looking after the pigeon in their rooms, however, the warden had to remove it because of health and safety reasons (yeah, like the pigeon is going to kill all the people in the care home! Beware of the pigeons!).


The warden was very nice and obviously liked the pigeon. I think he was sad to have to remove it, but he was happy to hand it over to us for rehoming (we’ll later mix it with other ferals and have them released as a flock at a later date). There’s nothing wrong with it, it’s only very friendly, and funnily enough it looks exactly like one that comes to our garden. Today I put my hand in the cage and it started dancing and cooing at me and then running up to my fingers and pecking at them. Sweet!

And finally, I captured these ferals having a lazy moment at my work after a bath in the garden: