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Our Christmas tree

Every Christmas we have the same problem. We bring out the tree, the decorations, the lights and the hats and Elmo and Georgie protest – it takes days for Elmo to pluck up the courage to run past the Christmas tree, the twinkling lights annoy Georgie (cue: wing slaps and angry coos), and heavens forbid we dare put on a Santa hat to get into the Christmas spirit!! Elmo HATES them. It’s as if we turn into gremlins when we place them on our heads – Elmo runs a mile, shaking with fear. If we place the hat on the floor Elmo will rush over to kill it.

Last year I attempted to wear one while decorating the tree, jumping about to corny Christmas music and Elmo nearly had a heart attack. So now we can bring out some decorations (but only a few respectable ones) and the Christmas spirit, but we have to make sure we look and behave relatively normal, as if nothing has changed, just another normal day in the calendar year. I guess the neighbours will be glad that we’ve toned down with the amount of lights we put up.

However, I’m seriously thinking that with all this humbug attitude going on I won’t give Elmo and Georgie any special seed presents this Christmas. They certainly haven’t helped so why should I bother?! Maybe the feral flock will be more accepting? :)

Here’s Elmo, our darling clown boy, attacking the Santa hat:


At work at a wildlife rescue centre I see a lot of injured, ill and often very scruffy looking pigeons – ones that have come in after having escaped the clutches of a sparrowhawk and have injuries and many missing feathers, or ones that are very thin and weak. So I am somewhat surprised to see my sleek and shiny girl when I return home. I forget how healthy Georgie is, and although she’s not as heavy as other pigeons, she’s still got a nice layer of muscle and fat on her.

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"Don't point that camera at me!"

I have George on my lap at the moment – she’s kicking out her feet in attempts to mould my body into a nice comfy nest. Once she thinks she’s made her ‘nest’ suitable she’ll settle down for a snooze. We still have no eggs and I’m starting to think that Georgie has given up on the idea. … She’s only 3 years old and so still has many more years of egg laying if she wants to start up again.

When she’s all snuggled up like this I can have a closer look at her and admire the tiny feathers around her beak and eyes. She’s got a few white ones there, small delicate little feathers. Very pretty!

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Earlier on Georgie modelled her take on the ‘feather hat’:

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I think she pulls it off better that this lady: