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We have a pigeon on our roof

Posted in "North Carolina", Ecology, NC, Winston-Salem by helenofmarlowe on May 23, 2011

Black Rock DoveWe have a pigeon on our roof.

A black pigeon wearing ID tags.

Bucky was the first to notice. It was walking back an forth along the edge, looking down on us as we sat on the porch reading and talking. We were all intrigued that it did not appear to be afraid of us. Not that we’re a scary bunch, but birds in the wild are supposed to think we are.

We all thought this was a fleeting moment and that the bird would be gone before I could get my camera, but this bird likes to pose.

We decided it’s a black dove.  Sounds better than pigeon.

Bucky held out a handful of safflower seeds, and the dove  came right down and settled on the porch rail.  We all went out to dinner, and were somewhat surprised when we returned and  Black Dove was still there.  We sprinkled some cracked corn on the rail, where we feed the songbirds.

We have a flower pot attached to the wall, and the black dove has decided that’s a good place to settle in for the night.

Tucked in for the night

Since the dove is wearing bands on its legs, we thought we should try to get Black Dove back to his/her caretakers.  Might this be a scientific research pigeon, or does it belong to a local pigeon club?

I called the local Audubon society, and learned that this pigeon is not working for science.  It  is a carrier pigeon.   I wish I had asked what carrier pigeons carry these days, but I didn’t think to ask.

I also learned that its likely the owner may not want it back.  Because it will now be seen as unreliable.  If it does get back to its home, I was told, the owner would likely just “put it to sleep”.

That settles it.   I won’t try to trace the numbers on the tags.

I guess we have a pigeon on our roof.



. . . not a feather then he fluttered –
Till I scarcely more than muttered, “other friends have flown before –
On the morrow he will leave me, as my hopes have flown before.”
Then the bird said, “Nevermore.”

e.a.poe, The Raven

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  1. marx said, on May 23, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    Just because you look for and presumably find the “owner” of this fine black pigeon does not mean you have to return it to said “owner”. Owner being whoever put the bands on.

    For all they know the bands are something “the cat drug up”. (:

  2. magsx2 said, on June 7, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    I totally agree with you, I also would not try to contact the owners of this beautiful bird, I would have nightmares I think wondering if I had condemned this bird. You have done the right thing, and if this bird is a carrier why did it not return home? Makes one wonder.

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