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After writing my last post about Elmo and Georgie’s bathing habits (see: What went wrong?) I tried to entice them once again to have a bath in a large dish. Did I succeed? … In my dreams. So, in an act of desperation, I gave them a light shower in an attempt to show them how wonderful it is. I have to say they seemed equally unimpressed with me that day.


Georgie, wet pigeon number 1


Elmo, wet pigeon number 2

Bath time is usually on the weekends, especially if the sun is shining, however, this time Elmo wanted a shower! He was standing on the laundry basket, keeping Richard company, but then he started to shiver and shake as he looked at the water falling down into the tub. Elmo was excited!!

So Richard placed him on the dry end of the tub and Elmo, being the silly boy he is, backed into the falling water. He got himself thoroughly wet!


Elmo having a shower


All wet!


Drying off!

Georgie, on the other hand, wasn’t as adventurous. She stuck to having a bog standard bath! :)


Georgie having a bath

Georgie did something she’s never done before: She had a shower!

Ok, you may be a bit confused now because you’ve seen photos of Georgie all wet. But that was because she loves having a bath, but she’s never liked having a shower. Until now, that is.

On the weekend (maybe it was the Saturday but I cannot remember) Georgie decided to fly into the shower whilst I was in it. Failing to gain the height she needed to get over the rim of the bathtub (yes, England loves the old “bath n shower combo”) I helped her into the tub and she walked straight under the shower and enjoyed a couple of minutes of direct shower rain. Then she walked out of range and tried to fly out of the tub. Again I had to help her and she walked away shaking her head and flapping her wings to dry them.

Here’s the wet little punk (she’s going for an Archangel feather-do!):


Naturally, after a shower one has to dry off and the best way to do this is to sunbathe:


And after you’re all warm and dry, a little snooze tucked away in the corner of the sofa:


I added this one to YouTube a while ago, but hadn’t posted it here:

Has anyone else noticed the lovely bald patch on a pigeon’s abdomen?

What about how wet pigeon smells like wet dog?

I have to say that wet pigeon smells just as bad as wet dog does. :D Why is that? How can feathers smell like dog hair? Well, they do and the other evening a very wet Elmo was sitting on the sofa next to me and he stank! I had to move him further down the sofa to give me a bit of relief from the smell. … Stinky boy! :)


Elmo's brood patch

The bald spot – called a brood patch – on a pigeon’s sternum is very endearing. Both males and females have it and it’s used to incubate the eggs and keep the hatched babies warm. When incubating the mum or dad pigeon (both take turns) will move their chest feathers out, move the eggs against the bald spot, and settle their feathers back down to conceal the eggs. If you put your fingers against the skin on a pigeon’s bald patch you’ll feel how hot it is there. I love to think of the eggs or babies snuggled so warmly and safe against their parents skin.

A final little thing: I’m not sure if other pigeons do this, but Georgie responds to certain actions with what I can only describe as ‘smacking her lips’. :) If I smack my lips together Georgie will do the same. Then she’ll gently peck at my lips and attempt to drink from my mouth. If I rattle a spoon against a mug Georgie will smack her lips. Then she’ll try to drink from the mug. :D