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DOVE BITE - Pascal's adventure

First of all, my new pair, Sorrel and Serafina, hatched new babies today! I haven't seen them yet, but found the two egg shells in the aviary. Sorrel is fairly used to me, but Serafina is still nervous. I have managed to ring her now, with a purple ring, so at least I can recognise her when she is out and about. Their older baby, Solitaire, is fully grown at over 30 days old and fledged, but still coming back to the aviary. Below, Solitaire (white) with daddy, Sorrel.

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Pascal always wants to fly, but due to having deformed wings and tail, he can't! On Sunday, he kept looking up to the roof, where his mate Primrose was sunning herself, and doing little jumps, so I took pity on him and tossed him up and for the first time in his life he was up really high. I could tell he was a bit in awe from the way he kept looking around, but pleased with himself too! I didn't see him come down, but found him and Primrose together, later, in the aviary. As it had gone well that time, I decided to let him up again today but when I checked the aviary when the main flock had left, Pascal was missing. I took the net and went round to the back of the old mill building (offices) to see if he had come down the wrong side. At first I couldnt see anything, but when I jumped down into the dip (where the water used to run, and is now grass) and looked over into the old workings of the mill - huge rusty wheel in unpleasantly deep murky looking water - I saw him perched on a mossy bit within reach of my net. Gently, and clicking my tongue like I do when I 'talk' to the birds, I thought it would easy to scoop him into the net - and it would've been if he hadn't then moved himself into a small hollow eroded by the water over the years. I then couldn't see him, and certainly couldn't reach him. Oh dear, it was all my fault for letting him go up to the roof - and he had to be rescued. Luckily, Bill was in a good mood, and receptive to pigeon rescuing. He somehow got himself onto the big wheel. bracing himself so he didn't land in the water, but said he couldn't see Pascal - I ran back home for the torch. Obviously all this was not captured on camera! With the torch, Bill could see Pascal, tucked into the recess, and grasped him firmly. If ever you have to pick up a pigeon and you have only one chance to get it right. then be bold and grab it firmly. It won't hurt it! Pascal made a few noises, but was obviously glad to be rescued. He must've been scared, having never been out of the the garden before. I carried him back, and as soon as we saw the aviary, he struggled knowing he was nearly home. Here he is, a bit damp and ruffled but ok. Sorry Pascal, I can never let you on the roof again. I was lucky to get him back - if he'd landed in the water, we might not have been able to reach him and I would never have forgiven myself.



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Posted at 1st Aug 2017 - 09:41PM   Posted by Faith   DOVE BITE - Pascal's adventure Comments: 9

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Fennie's Avatar Poor Pascal - he does look rather as though he has reversed into the bacon slicer. Don't suppose you could put him into a harness and then set him loose on a long lead. Or if a short lead you could hold him from the end of a pole and like that he could think he was flying. Make for some interesting photos. Very Happy

Posted by: Fennie on 1st Aug 2017 at 10:51PM

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Fairy Nuff's Avatar Perhaps he needs a virtual reality head set like the Ostrich in the advert then he could fly to his hearts content without hurting himself.

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 2nd Aug 2017 at 10:22AM

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Camilla's Avatar Poor little Pascal so glad he is alright wonderful that you have the aviary for him to be Faith but sad that he can't fly can't remember now Faith are Pigeons sometimes born with deformed wings or was Pascal one of the ones you found and brought home?

Posted by: Camilla on 2nd Aug 2017 at 10:56AM

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Fennie's Avatar Faith, you always seem to have lots of food lying about - how do you keep the rats away? We have a rat family here. One rat I can live with but several rats in different sizes stretches my good will towards wildlife.Very Happy

Posted by: Fennie on 2nd Aug 2017 at 11:42AM

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Faith's Avatar There is often food lying about, true, but at other times when I am not home to feed the birds as early as they like some of the flock - the bolder ones or ones who consider themselves 'family' go into the aviary and gobble it all up. I saw a rat on the lawn when I got up very early one morning recently but like you I can live with a rat or two, but not loads. We don't seem to have a problem (at the moment!) The problems are a mole or moles always making hills in what was the lawn, and squirrels, also going in the aviary. I have to leave the door open for Pascal and Cloud so the squigs come and go as they please.

Posted by: Faith on 2nd Aug 2017 at 05:05PM

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Faith's Avatar There is often food lying about, true, but at other times when I am not home to feed the birds as early as they like some of the flock - the bolder ones or ones who consider themselves 'family' go into the aviary and gobble it all up. I saw a rat on the lawn when I got up very early one morning recently but like you I can live with a rat or two, but not loads. We don't seem to have a problem (at the moment!) The problems are a mole or moles always making hills in what was the lawn, and squirrels, also going in the aviary. I have to leave the door open for Pascal and Cloud so the squigs come and go as they please.

Posted by: Faith on 2nd Aug 2017 at 05:05PM

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Faith's Avatar Camilla, Pascal was one of the first two of Pan and Chino (now dead) babies. He is mates with his nest sibling, Primrose, and yes he was born like that. In the wild of course a pigeon who can't fly probably won't last 24 hours outside the nest.

Posted by: Faith on 2nd Aug 2017 at 05:07PM

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Camilla's Avatar Ah yes I remember now Faith'thanks. Well I think you are really amazing and so caring with your darling birds, just imagine then if Pascal was in the wild with his poorly wing he sadly wouldn't be here today at least you have given him a new hope in life even if it be a short one but let's hope it will be longer. How long do pigeons live for normally?

Posted by: Camilla on 2nd Aug 2017 at 11:35PM

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Faith's Avatar Pigeons in the wild, apparently, live no more than 5-6 years. I think this must be true as I have not seen a known one for more than 5 years. Autumn, a white ringed dove, hatched in my cote is 5 years old this summer, and Lucky too must be about that. But I know of none older - though there may be of course. In captivity, I believe the oldest pigeon lived to about 38 years. If this will be true of any of my aviary birds - Pan for example - then they will outlive me!

Posted by: Faith on 3rd Aug 2017 at 09:57PM

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