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So you return home from work, eager to greet your pigeon, and what do you discover? No pigeon. Result: heart racing uncontrollably, panic stations armed and ready to explode.

This is what happened to Richard when he opened the bedroom door (fully expecting Elmo to greet him with joyous cooings). A vacant room. Pigeon missing.

I had been home earlier and when I left I put Elmo in the bedroom. I remember this distinctly because I felt bad in having to leave him so soon after returning home (I was only home for about half an hour). So I know I put Elmo in the room. I know I closed the door. So where’s Elmo?

Richard starts calling Elmo’s name and searching behind the door, under the bed, and then he looks behind the stack of books (that are covered with a cloth) by the radiator. And there’s Elmo, stuck between the books and the radiator, cooing his head off now that he’s seen Richard.


The space where Elmo was stuck.

Richard shifts the pile of books and retrieves his pigeon. Elmo is very happy to be rescued and starts dancing about. He’s covered in dust and loose feathers but otherwise unharmed. We don’t know how long he was stuck there for (I was away for an hour) nor how he managed to get himself in that situation. He doesn’t usually fly onto the books but I think Elmo got upset when I left him and he flapped about trying to find me and ended up falling by accident. Poor boy. We’ll have to move the books now so it doesn’t happen again (a bigger bookcase is on my “to buy” list so I can have all my books on display).

As you can imagine, Elmo received lots of cuddles and kisses after his ordeal. We too felt the need to recover from the experience and pigeon cuddles does the trick. :)


Elmo is fine!


Happy to be rescued.

We had a visitor that really, really, REALLY liked Georgie and Elmo but we thought it was best not to let Minnie have any physical contact with them. You’ll see what I mean from the photo!


Minnie the dog wants to say hello to Georgie the pigeon

Before Minnie popped over for a sniff and to lick her lips (repeatedly whilst staring at Georgie in her cage) Elmo was practicing his disappearing act. We think he may have gotten jealous of Georgie when she played Hide and seek.

We heard a flutter and a thump and went to investigate. Sure enough, Elmo was nowhere to be found. Then we heard a noise and found the poor boy inbetween our desks and the radiator:


How he managed to fall there we don’t know since he’d have to crawl behind the PC monitors and over some stationery containers. Anyway, when Elmo saw us peering down at him he got excited and started cooing and bowing his head for Richard to come cuddle him. I think he may have found a new nesting site! Uh oh!!

Anybody out there ever played hide and seek with a semi-blind pigeon before? You’d think that we, the sighted humans would have the upper hand, however, today Georgie proved us wrong.

Both Georgie and Elmo have free reign over our flat when we’re at home, which both pigeons take advantage of. Georgie usually goes walkabouts once a day, and we normally find her sat in the corner of the kitchen or in the bathroom.

Today, however, after not having seen her for a while we went to look for her in the usual places. Is she in the hallway? No. Bathroom? No. Kitchen? No. Bedroom? No. Hmmm, maybe behind the sofa in the living room? No. … In the bath? No. Bin? No. Laundry basket? No. Etc, etc.

After about an hour of frantic searching (in which we had upturned nearly the whole flat and were calling her name over and over), Richard noticed a pigeon sized hole under the toilet pipe leading behind the tiled bathroom sink. Uh oh. We called her name and listened. No sound. We called again and again. … Then the faint sounds of pigeon footsteps.

The hole Georgie went into

Hole under the toilet pipe leading behind the tiled bathroom sink.

15 mins later the bath is in pieces and Richard’s arm is reaching behind the sink. NOW Georgie thinks of cooing… not while we were searching for her; No, that would have made it too easy for us.

Bathroom in bits n pieces

The bathroom in pieces!

So we manage to pull her out and Georgie’s none the worst for her experience. Who’d have thought that a semi-blind pigeon could play hide and seek so well?

We, on the other hand, are still a bit shaky. My heart’s still racing but I’m very happy to have my darling Georgie back on my lap.

PS. We’ve just moved into our new flat and we never knew this hole existed!!! It’s now blocked so we don’t have a repeat of this incident.

Behind the tiled bathroom sink

The pipe Georgie was standing on behind the bathroom sink.

Georgie after playing hide and seek

Georgie after being dragged out of her hiding place.