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Happy Pigeon Day everyone!

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Yummy cakes! :)

To show our gratitude and love towards pigeons on this day, Pigeon Appreciation Day, we first gave Elmo and Georgie, our two disabled feral pigeons, a big hug and a kiss. Being extremely tame and imprinted to humans, they both reciprocated with wing waggling, cooing and gentle pecking.

We then covered the garden with peanuts. Not a blade of grass to be seen! The visiting feral pigeon flock descended and proceeded to pick the ground free of peanuts. Unfortunately, being in a rush to get to work, I didn’t have time to take a photo.

The injured and orphaned pigeons at my work, a wildlife rescue centre, received lots of treats and affection from me. Dora practically leapt into my arms when she saw the peanuts and other treats I brought over. There was a feeding frenzy as they all jostled around the feeder to get the best bits. (Dora is tame pigeon who used to live with us but is now living in an aviary with some fancy and disabled pigeons at my work.)

When I returned home I immediately put out some more peanuts, as well as sunflower hearts and other seed, however, to my amazement, not a single pigeon flew down!! I think they’ve been going round to other pigeon parties, stuffing their crops full before coming back to our home for a rest.

Later when I looked out the window I saw this fella eating the treats:

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Elmo and Georgie received a jar of one of their favourite treats: sunflower hearts! We also bought some mini-cakes to enjoy. Don’t worry, the chocolate ones were for us! (Chocolate is poisonous to many bird and mammal species.)

Georgie didn’t seem to want any mini-cakes (I think she was full from all the sunflower hearts she gobbled up!), and Elmo simply tried to mate with them – silly boy! So there were more for us humans. :D

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Georgie (left), Elmo (right) and our newest addition, Mr. Pigeon (front right)

I hope you all have had a wonderful day filled with pigeons and love!


Everyone has their day and today, the 13th June, should be the day that we humans appreciate pigeons.

Why? some of you may ask. Well, to put it simply, why not?

Pigeons are beautiful birds that have their place in this world just like any other creature. They don’t deserve the negative views (that are often founded on incorrect information) some people have of them.

Pigeons are:

  • Complex – they have a rich social life, bonding to each other, often for life. They are dedicated parents; both male and female look after the young. Pigeons also bond easily to humans.
  • Intelligent – they are one of the most intelligent birds around, being one of only six species (and the only non-mammal!) able to recognise their own reflection in the mirror. Scientists have also shown that pigeons are able to carry out tasks on the level of a three-year-old child.
  • Beautiful – not only are feral pigeons beautiful with their various colourations and patterns, but other pigeon species come in a multitude of colour as well. (Check out: Dove identification. Ps. Doves and pigeons are the same. There is no scientific difference.)
  • Clean - pigeons are not disease-ridden and do not spread disease wherever they go. That is simply a myth propagated by greedy pest control companies. (For more info on the subject: Feral pigeons and disease.)

You’ve got to admire the fact that feral pigeons are taking over the world. They are highly adaptive to different environments. They are found almost everywhere in the world (except for Antartica).

Pigeons can be highly amusing and playful. They can be friendly yet aloof, however, once you begin to observe them you’ll see that they are full of character. They are complex beings with rich social and emotional lives. Give them a chance to live their life peacefully without our prejudice.

So today is a day to celebrate pigeons all over the world!

Why not have a pigeon party? Invite the local pigeons down for peanuts, sunflower hearts and other nutritious treats, then sit back and watch them gobble it all up with true pigeon vigor and enthusiasm! :)

HAPPY PIGEON APPRECIATION DAY EVERYONE!!


Did we have a party last night? Were we up till midnight to celebrate the passing of one year to another?

Well, we did stay up but we didn’t have a party. Mostly due to a “cannot-be-bothered” attitude, feeling a bit run down and everything being ridiculously expensive on the 31st, we decided to ride this one out at home with the pigeons. I have to say, best decision ever! :)

Georgie wasn’t impressed with the loud bangs and the flashing lights of the fireworks that the neighbours insisted on displaying – so the curtains were closed and Georgie was snuggled up under my chin for comfort. The fire lanterns were nice though. Later we watched them floating away in the nights sky.

Elmo didn’t want to stay up till midnight. He was tired and wanted us to go to bed too. At first he paced around for a while, showing his discontent. Then he stood next to us and looked up with that “Why are you still up?” look in his eyes. “May we please go to sleep now,” he pleaded for the umpteenth time as he nibbled at Richard’s arm, trying to bend him to his will. After a while the poor boy fell asleep on the sofa – he couldn’t keep his eyes open anymore and missed the coming of 2011.

Us humans, on the other hand, stayed up for the obligatory “Happy New Year” chant and kiss. Elmo was delighted when we finally went to bed – with him slumbering with satisfaction on the bedside table.

We wish everyone a very Happy New Year and may 2011 be pigeon friendly!! :)


At a Christmas party with my husband. It’s a sit-down dinner with cheesy disco music blaring in the background. Lots of drinks. Maybe some dancing later.

The subject: pigeons. More specifically: Our pet pigeons!

Five minutes into the conversation I realise how crazy we both sound. Richard is showing the people at the table Elmo fast asleep at home as seen from the webcam via Richard’s phone. … We’re proud as new parents, showing off our “babies”.

Somehow I doubt we’ve come across as sane, reasonable people. “Hippie” and “crazy” come to mind.

Oh well. Return home late to a very happy pigeon dancing around our feet and greeting us with enthusiasm. We were only gone for about 4 hours but Elmo’s acting like he hasn’t seen us all day.

We didn’t disturb Georgie. She was fast asleep in her cage.

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On another subject, here’s Georgie hard at work:

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And now time to rest:

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Today is National Pigeon Day!!

(or the proposed day in the US. It’s not official yet. It should be International Pigeon Day really!)

However, technicalities aside, today is a day to remember those pigeons that selflessly served us humans, especially in WWI. Whilst every day should be a day to love, honour, respect and celebrate all pigeons around the world, today is the ‘official’ pigeon loving day. :)

Here in our humble abode we decided to give the visiting feral pigeon flock some extra treats to eat, which they happily gobbled up.

Even though I don’t think it’s possible since they get so many already, Elmo and Georgie got extra cuddles and kisses. We feel very lucky to have two such lovely pigeons living with us and wanted to let them know how much we love them. … I feel my crazy pigeon person side shining through for all to see now!! I feel a touch embarressed.

Here’s our little pigeon party:

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Us crazy pigeon people? Never!

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Elmo's ready to blow out the candles

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Elmo didn't like the look of the balloons so he flapped and destroyed the nicely set table. Georgie doesn't look too impressed with him.

Don’t worry, we blew the candles out before Elmo panicked. We weren’t going to take any chances with fire and feathers!

We let Elmo and Georgie have a fairy cake each but Elmo liked the brioche more. George on the other hand LOVED the fairy cake and went bananas over it!

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Elmo takes a bite out of the fairy cake

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Elmo likes the brioche more than the fairy cake

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Georgie loves fairy cake!

I hope everyone else had a lovely day with their pigeons! I’d love to hear from you what you did. :)

For more info on National Pigeon Day please go to: National Pigeon Day blog