The Beetley Pigeon: An Update

I recently wrote about a pigeon that had injured its wing, after flying into the kitchen window.

The Beetley Pigeon

Many of you were very concerned about the pigeon, so I thought an update was in order.

Since publishing that post, I have been looking after the pigeon as best as I can. I place a decent portion of bird seed in a container for it, with a similar dish of water next to it. Every day, the seed is eaten, and some of the water has gone. I keep this away from the other feeding area on the small table, where the other birds fly up to eat it.

Supplies for the injured pigeon are placed on the grass, very close to the dense shrub that he/she now calls home. On a couple of occasions, I have seen it emerge to eat and drink, and sometimes added a chunk of granary bread so it can fill itself up away from the other avian diners.

This afternoon, I got a good look at it. When I went out with Ollie, all the other birds flew away, as they usually do. But the injured pigeon is still unable to fly, and walked quickly back to the safety of the shrub. The good news is that the wing is no longer hanging down, and dragging on the the grass. The bird is able to hold it against its body now, even though it is obviously not healed enough for it to fly even a short distance.

It can never be classed as a pet, but I will continue to look after it for as long as is needed.

64 thoughts on “The Beetley Pigeon: An Update

  1. Hopefully with your TLC, it will grow stronger by the day and reunite with its friends. I’ve got a lump in my throat just thinking about it taking flight after so long recovering. Fingers crossed there will be more positive updates 🙂

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    1. I feel a sense of responsibility as the accident happened in our garden, and the bird is no longer able to fly over the fence. If I don’t look after it, it will starve, or die of thirst. It’s ‘just a pigeon’, but for now at least, it is ‘my pigeon’. 🙂
      Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. Thanks, David. It is still afraid of me at the moment, but I do see its head peeping out from under the shrub when I put the seed down. It is definitely aware of me doing that for him/her.
      Best wishes, Pete.


    1. We rarely have foxes in the gardens here, Janet. We actually had more around when we lived in Central London. Most of the foxes we see here are dead on main roads, run over by traffic. But there are a lot of cats locally, and the pigeon has been lucky to escape those so far.
      Best wishes, Pete.


    1. Alfie Cat next door sometimes hunts birds in our garden, but the last time he tried it, Ollie chased him back over the fence. I don’t think Brave Cat ventures this far along the street, Don. 🙂
      Best wishes, Pete.

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