Monday, May 5, 2014
The raccoon wasn't our only unexpected weekend guest. Unlike the raccoon, this back yard visitor was invited in to stay the night with us.
Saturday afternoon I found a pigeon hunkered down in our back yard. That evening I found her standing in the front yard, eating thistle seeds that had fallen to the ground. I could see she had green bands on both legs. She watched me warily, but I could stand quite close to her; she was obviously tame. I managed to catch her long enough for Rob to write down the information on her band. Some on-line research revealed she was a racing pigeon.
It took some time to track down her owner. In the meantime, we were told to bring her inside if we could catch her. Ha! This little gal was suspicious of us now. If I had known we'd be asked to keep her safe, I wouldn't have let her back under the feeder! We chased her around the yard, but she never flew far and kept returning to the thistle feed. Eventually we got her settled into my old guinea pig cage (it comes in handy!) with a bowl of thistle and some water.
We took her down the street to let her go. She flew to the roof of the fire station, but seemed more interested in preening herself than continuing on. We watched her for several minutes, but left her on her own. I worried about her all evening.
The owner was kind enough to call us late this morning. He said she arrived sometime overnight and was settled down in her nest. Yay!