Cowart's Common Room

On Saturday morning I fed Lily Rose then settled her perched on the back of the garden chair while I fed the flock. When I next looked for her she was gone! I searched everwhere extensively for a long time, but no Lily Rose. I was sad because I didn't think she could fly very well yet or look after herself properly.

On and off during the day I looked for her again, and hoped she would come out of the bushes or something at feeding time, but night eventually fell. In the morning there was a grey pigeon practically on the doorstep - it didnt look like it would last very long so I gave it a drink and put it in Lily Rose's vacated hutch with food and water while I went out. I fed the others...... but no LR.

I went out car-booting as I often do at the weekend, and at about 11am I was back, sitting at the garden table having a coffee, and looking at some of the stuff I had bought. A pigeon landed on the table, but I told it to go away, not feeding time yet. So there were some birds on the roof and in the aviary but the garden was quiet, when who should come wending across the grass towards me but Lily Rose! (27 hours after I had last seen her!) I picked her up and fed her, and gave her a long drink. Then I put her up on the dovecote, as you can see in the photo, and she had a little sleep. You can't believe how pleased I was to have her back!

When I could no longer keep an eye on her, I put her back in the hutch (the other bird had died), but later I took her out and she sat on my sleeve as I walked round the garden and then suddenly she just took off and flew away - I ran to the fence and saw her land at the other side of the river. But that was Sunday 2pm and I haven't seen her since. I fear she won't fare very well, but if I was a bird I would rather spend my last day or two free than in captivity. I won't keep them cooped up, it's not fair. I doubt I will see her again, but you never know.

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The second photo is Serafina (purple ring) and Sorrel (brown) with their grown up and fledged babies, Biba and Nova - happy little family!

Posted at 4th Sep 2017 - 08:48PM   Posted by Faith   DOVE BITE - Lily Rose DRAMA Comments: 10

Fennie's Avatar Well well well, what a drama! And while you aren't looking she flies to Norfolk, lays eggs behind a satellite dish, sits on them a while and then comes back home again. Very Happy

Posted by: Fennie on 4th Sep 2017 at 08:58PM

Camilla's Avatar What a worry you had Faith with Lily Rose, hope she makes it though but as you say better to fly off than to be cooped up.

Lovely pics Faith, baby fledglings look sweet too.

Posted by: Camilla on 5th Sep 2017 at 12:07AM

Camilla's Avatar Yes could be Fennie there is enough drama here with my two collared doves I can tell you I am worn to a shred with the worry of them.Very Happy

Posted by: Camilla on 5th Sep 2017 at 12:08AM

Faith's Avatar It is really hard I know not to worry Camilla - but I am afraid an awful lot of eggs, nestlings, fledgings and young birds just do not make it.

Posted by: Faith on 5th Sep 2017 at 07:37AM

Camilla's Avatar Thanks Faith I don't think I could look after the birds like you think you are much braver and stronger in mind than me although I know how upsetting it is for you when birds are ill or don't make it with you.

Posted by: Camilla on 5th Sep 2017 at 05:49PM

Camilla's Avatar The parent dove was cooing for hours in the nest when she returned Faith after being away from it in 3 days why did she not come back sooner to feed the nestlings perhaps she went away originally so long because they had died anyway .

Posted by: Camilla on 5th Sep 2017 at 05:51PM

Faith's Avatar I don't know the answer....... a parent bird would only leave the babies if

1. The parent was in danger herself
2. She was prevented from returning
3. There was something wrong with them - birds don't waste time with weaklings

I can't think of any other reasons.

Posted by: Faith on 5th Sep 2017 at 09:06PM

Camilla's Avatar Thanks Faith,

Think it must have been number 3 you mentioned I expect.

Posted by: Camilla on 5th Sep 2017 at 10:57PM

Fennie's Avatar But then why would the parent bird come back again?

Posted by: Fennie on 6th Sep 2017 at 07:52AM

Faith's Avatar The same reason you would come home if something unpleasant had happened at home........ it's your home! Also if the parent bird had not been able to get home for some reason, then did, they might not realise it would be too late for the babies.

I don't suppose you remember the dreadful time one January when I had two lots of mummy birds in the dovecote at night - something must have happened and both birds left their nests unattended resulting in the deaths of three small babies and one egg. The next morning the parents came back and sat on the dead squabs for hours...... even though I knew they were dead.

Posted by: Faith on 6th Sep 2017 at 08:06AM

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