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Whenever my husband and I travel abroad or in the United Kingdom we always notice the pigeon and dove species – nothing terribly exotic, mind you – just the common feral pigeon, woodpigeon and collared dove. One day we’ll go to Seychelles and see some more exotic looking species (see: In search of pigeons – in Seychelles).

We recently went to Devon and Dorset (in the South West of England), and visited the pretty town of Lyme Regis. We were walking along the stone walkway by the beach and suddenly heard a distinct cooing noise. We stopped, searched and found the source of the cooing coming from a drain on the stone floor. Worried that there was a pigeon somehow trapped down the drain we tapped at the grill and the cooing immediately stopped. We then noticed a feral pigeon flying from the other side of the wall. Further investigation revealed that a pair of feral pigeons had taken up residence in the hole in the wall and we had rudely interrupted the male’s courtship coos. :D

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Lyme Regis

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Feral pigeon

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Spot the pigeon?

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Feral pigeon

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Feral pigeon

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Feral pigeons on a roof

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Feral pigeons enjoying the sunshine

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Feral pigeons


Humans don’t have the monopoly on motion sickness. Many species can become ill from travelling in a car, something that I never really thought about before – so when my semi-blind pet pigeon, Georgie, started to throw up during car journeys, I was a bit surprised. My poor girl – it must be worst for her since her vision is blurred already from her scarred eyes. (Read up on the causes of motion sickness: http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Motion-sickness/Pages/Causes.aspx).

Elmo, on the other hand, is a trouper in the car. Nothing in the car fazed him. When we drove down to Cornwall (a 6 hour journey for us) Elmo was quite content in his travel cage – eating, sleeping and cooing happily. No motion sickness for him. (We didn’t take Georgie with us because we already knew she didn’t like travelling. She had to stay with a pet sitter.)

There doesn’t seem to be much online about motion sickness in birds – only the usual instructions on slowly introducing longer car journeys to help the bird get used to the motion (which I don’t think would work with Georgie because she vomits after 10 minutes of being in a moving car) – and some people suggest giving ginger or camomile tea to sooth the gut. I haven’t tried those on Georgie yet since we haven’t had the need to take her anywhere lately, but one day I’d like to take her on holiday with us so we need to have a plan in order.

I would really appreciate hearing your experiences with motion sickness in birds – particularly pigeons – and if you know more about the science behind it all, please let me know! :)

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Elmo in his travel cage

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Georgie hops into my case when I'm packing


We nipped over to Aarhus, Denmark, for a long weekend to meet some friends and as usual my pigeon-seeking eyes were on alert. I saw lots of woodpigeons in the city but only a few feral pigeons. I didn’t have my camera with me so unfortunately I haven’t got any photos to show you.

I was surprised to see so many woodpigeons in the city centre since I never see them in those locations in the UK, only in parks and woodland. There are quite a few parks and trees on the streets in Aarhus so maybe that’s why the woodies were in the centre too. And I was very surprised not to see many feral pigeons. Where were they hiding? I have a little theory: Aarhus is very clean, not a lot of litter on the ground, so not many scraps for feral pigeons to eat.

We didn’t take our two pigeons with us. I’m afraid we had to leave Elmo and Georgie at home, however, they invited a few pigeon-sitters over to keep them company. :)

Since we returned late at night and darling Elmo was too tired to give us his full “happy-to-see-you” dance routine, he couldn’t contain his joy in seeing us in the morning and leaped onto the bed to wake us up! What a silly boy! :D


I’ll be going away for a week and will be back in action on Tuesday 12th July (I’m going to Hungary to see family). Unfortunately I cannot take Georgie with me, nor Elmo or my hubby!

While I was packing, Georgie tried to smuggle her way into the bag:

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"Will mummy notice me?" thinks Georgie

I know she’ll miss me, however, Richard will give her lots of attention and affection (whether she wants it or not). Georgie can be a bit of a pain, though. She has mood swings: one moment she’s sitting happily by your side, the next she’s attacking you! So Richard will have to be careful with his interactions with her. I hope she doesn’t peck him too much!

Elmo, on the hand, will be happy to have Richard almost all to himself!! :) For one whole week he won’t have to share the sofa with me nor have to tolerate (or not! as is often the case) my vain attempts to cuddle him. I just hope Elmo’s not too disappointed to see me when I return.

Georgie made one last attempt to get into the bag, but I can only take one pigeon with me and I’ve chosen Mr. Pigeon as my travel companion.

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Mr. Pigeon and Georgie

I’ll try to check our facebook page and emails, however, I might not have the opportunity to be online every day. Richard will have to keep an eye on things for me.

I hope to see some pigeons in Hungary (I know there’s collared doves at my grandmother’s house because I’ve heard them cooing) and I’ll try to take photos of them. A sort of pigeon-spotting trip! :)


We are planning to visit the Seychelles some year soon and one of the things on my to-do list is to observe the bird life there. (I’m afraid I’m one of those people who enjoys doing things on a holiday – lying on the beach doing nothing isn’t something I like to experience more than once on a holiday. Since I will never get that sun-kissed look I don’t see the point in trying. Seeing the sights and doing some activities is more my thing.)

Richard is half Seychellois so he’s quite eager to take me out to see his old haunts. Although I’m not the most comfortable in humid, hot climates (I am half Finnish after all!) the Seychelles islands look like amazingly beautiful places to visit and I’m quite eager to do so.

There are apparantly 6 species of pigeons/doves that can be found in the Seychelles (out of 308 species in the world), which are:

  1. Seychelles Blue-Pigeon Alectroenas pulcherrima (an endemic species)
  2. Comoro Blue-Pigeon Alectroenas sganzini
  3. Madagascar Turtle-Dove Streptopelia picturata
  4. Eurasian Turtle-Dove Streptopelia turtur (species rarely or accidentally occurs there)
  5. Zebra Dove Geopelia striata (an introduced species)
  6. Rock Pigeon Columba livia (an introduced species)

Click on the names above for information on the pigeons.

There are a couple of books I will most likely need for the trip to help me with bird identification over there (I better start saving!):

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by Adrian Skerrett (Paperback)
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by Mike Hill (Paperback)
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The blue pigeons of Seychelles look really funky – love their red faces! :) When we finally go there I hope to sight many of them and will report back on my findings.

Seychelles Blue Pigeon

Comoro Blue Pigeon

Madagascar Turtle-dove


Pigeons travel in many different ways, the underground (i.e. the metro, subway or tube) included! Here are some such pigeons:

Someone must have loved the subway pigeons so much that they made a website dedicated to them: The Subway Pigeon