Saturday, November 12, 2005
Earlier today I was outside in the shed (which we call "the studio") which is adjacent to my homing pigeon coop. I had let the pigeons out to fly earlier, and some had returned, others were outside on the roof sunning themselves. Suddenly I heard a noise and wings flapping. I looked up and saw a flash, a hawk with one of the pigeons in his talons flying away. I ran towards the noise and the hawk dropped the heavy pigeon just inside the fence. The poor bird was stunned and not moving. It had a small spot of blood on it's head, and feathers missing, but no visable injuries. The pigeon appears to be recovering. I hope when it is my time to go, that it will happen that quickly; but I guess there is not a hawk big enough to carry me away - ha! I have about 30 pigeons now. I started about six years ago with 8. They are a lot like rabbits - if you get my meaning.