Saturday, November 12, 2005

Bird "whew"

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.


Anonymous said...

You need to put "cammie" netting over the coupe. You know you are living the area of the red tail hawk!! Whatever were you thinking...Hiding in NM

TUFFENUF said...

Well, I guess I wasn't thinking. Poor birds - can't even go out for a short fly without being in danger!