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Very interesting story. It’s amazing that this pigeon kept trying to return to her hatch-home despite all the signs that she wasn’t wanted. Poor dear! Thankfully now the owner realises that he shouldn’t try to give her away anymore, otherwise she’d be making the journey again and again.

Boomerang the racing pigeon returns to the owner who gave her away TEN years ago

By David Wilkes
Last updated on 19th June 2008

She is no spring chicken, and appears to have spent a few years roosting rough. But Boomerang the pigeon has lost neither her homing instinct  -  nor her sense of occasion. After ten years away, she suddenly turned up at the home of the man who raised her. And on Father’s Day, no less.

Loft and found: After ten years of cooing and fro-ing, Boomerang flies back

Loft and found: After ten years of cooing and fro-ing, Boomerang flies back

At first, Dino Reardon thought the bedraggled bird running towards him at his home in Skipton, North Yorkshire, was a stray.

‘I checked the tag and nearly collapsed when I saw who it was,’ he said. ‘I just couldn’t believe it. She could barely stand up and couldn’t even make it into the aviary, she was just exhausted. I spent all Sunday feeding her glucose and honey to try and get her energy back from the journey.’

Her return was not completely unexpected, however  -  as her name suggests. Boomerang’s homing instinct is the stuff of legend among pigeon fanciers.

The 13-year-old bird first made headlines back in 1998, when Mr Reardon gave her to a friend in Algeciras, southern Spain, after retiring from breeding racing pigeons. Boomerang promptly flew the 1,200 miles back home.

Boomerang the pigeon

Home to roost: Boomerang is the daughter of famous racing pigeon Bluey

Mr Reardon immediately gave her to another breeder in Filey, North Yorkshire  -  but she returned to his pigeon loft again. Finally, still in the same year, Mr Reardon gave her to his friend Alf Pennington in Lancashire. Mr Reardon had not seen her since… until Sunday.

It is not known exactly where she had flown from, as Mr Pennington is thought to have died five years ago.

‘I don’t have a clue were she’s been since Alf died but I’m glad she’s home,’ said Mr Reardon. Boomerang’s feats are all the more remarkable because she is not a racing bird. The daughter of Bluey Champion, a winner of 17 national titles, she was kept for breeding.

She must have inherited her homing skills from her father, who was once ‘birdnapped’ and had his wings clipped by thieves, but escaped and walked 60 miles back to Mr Reardon’s home. Pigeons have a lifespan of three to five years in the wild, but live to around 15 in captivity.

Boomerang’s return has attracted interest from breeders as far afield as South Africa, who have been phoning constantly since her reappearance. But yesterday Mr Reardon – whose pigeons come from stock which have been in his Italian family for 200 years – said that she will be staying put.

‘She will be going nowhere from now on,’ he added. ‘She is staying here and will be looked after for the rest of her life. She has already paired up and if she lays any eggs they will be staying with me.’

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1027484/Boomerang-racing-pigeon-returns-owner-gave-away-TEN-years-ago.html#ixzz19nyuyUHK

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!! :)