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Update on the 'dove'

'Birdy' has been living with us for 10 days now...and finally I managed to trace the number on his leg ring. You were right guys...he's a racing pigeon not a dove. Shows how much I know Rolling Eyes.

Anyway, the interesting thing is he came from the complete other end of the country and was released into a race on the 21st July but never returned home.

I have made contact with the owner and Birdy will be going home in my cat basket tomorrow by courier.

Birdy's been good craic...I shall miss him in the stable with me in the mornings...hoovering up the grain as I muck out. I couldn't believe his intelligence and training. "Just hold a peanut out and he'll land on your arm" said the owner when I asked how I'd catch him. "He's a divil for the peanuts". How right he was!Uploaded Image

Posted at 7th Aug 2012 - 05:09PM   Posted by Salle de Bain   Update on the 'dove' Comments: 7

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Ivy's Avatar Ah what a happy ending to the mystery. I bet his owner will be mighty pleased, to have him back.

Posted by: Ivy on 7th Aug 2012 at 05:16PM

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I caught a pigeon once and reported it. It was collected and I was told it was rare for a woman to report a racing bird.
It came into the house!

Posted by: Arcadian advocate on 7th Aug 2012 at 06:33PM

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Cowgirl's Avatar Wonderful outcome - well done!

Posted by: Cowgirl on 7th Aug 2012 at 07:52PM

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Fennie's Avatar Hi Salle, unknown to her or to you your dove has already found her way into fiction. I've writing a story about a dove on a peace mission. The dove is telling the story afterwards, she is very tired .....

"I thought at first I wouldn’t get home and would have to put down in someone’s garden and beg for crusts, hoping they would have the sense to read the rings on my legs and make a telephone call. That’s an indignity, I can tell you, having your rings read. "

But then she espies home below.

But it was your post and Faith's advice that prompted that paragraph.

Posted by: Fennie on 7th Aug 2012 at 08:33PM

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Westerwitch's Avatar You know I might not have been as good as you and I might have let the pigeon stay - then again how would he/she have survived the winter.

Posted by: Westerwitch on 7th Aug 2012 at 08:38PM

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Withy Brook's Avatar Long ago, when we lived in Hurworth and had a dovecote with fantails and crossbreds, we used to be visited by homing pigeons. When I could catch them, I read the rings but the owners were not really interested. They said that a homer that has ended elsewhere was not going to win races! We weren't far from the Durham miners, who had masses of birds and were very competitive. I think that your bird is lucky in that it is clearly a pet as well as a homer and so much loved!

Posted by: Withy Brook on 7th Aug 2012 at 09:11PM

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Faith's Avatar Oh she's beautiful - happy ending! Hope you get your cat basket back!!! I've never heard of a white racer!

WW, the bird would easily have survived the winter - mine survive in the snow - providing it had grain and water of course.

Posted by: Faith on 7th Aug 2012 at 10:37PM

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