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I think Elmo’s bad behaviour has rubbed off onto Georgie. Look what she’s doing:

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Georgie bathing in the cat’s water bowl.

Poor Hugo cat doesn’t know where to go when the pigeons are having a bath in his water bowl!! :D

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Elmo bathing in the cat’s water bowl.

Richard and I went for a walk in Jesmond Dene park and had a look at the animals in Pet’s Corner. We were amused to see some Geordie woodpigeons stuffing their crops on the free food! The ducks were fast asleep nearby. They didn’t seem bothered by the theft. :)

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As usual we manage to find some pigeons wherever we are on holiday – be it in the UK or abroad. At one point in my childhood I lived near a park called “Sorsapuisto”, which means “duck park”, where there is a small lake filled with ducks, geese and gulls. This park is attached to Tampere Talo (Tampere Hall), a congress and concert centre. I used to play at this park (there were some really good swings there!), and I particularly enjoyed feeding the ducks and pigeons there.

Although we didn’t have time to walk around the lake on our visit, we went to see the aviaries at Sorsapuisto that house various species and breeds of birds, such as peacocks, chickens and geese, during the summer. Much to our delight, we also found they had some beautiful looking pigeons. During the winter these birds are relocated to an indoor heated facility at another location. They wouldn’t stand a chance out in those aviaries in the snow!

Here are some photos of the aviaries at Sorsapuisto, including a short video clip of the birds:








I think these pigeons wanted to get into the aviary for free food: