Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Roll Call + New Babies!

23rd May 2012

Quick roll call –  Here are some of the doves/pigeons that currently live in or visit my garden – my regular blog readers will know some of them  – all in all there is currently a flock of probably 80 to 100 but I don’t see them all together, and of course don’t recognise them all. I’m still finding it a problem feeding them all – I’ve given up trying to ration them and hoping the universe will supply the monetary support I need!!! Come on universe!!!
Summer and Sky are the white doves in my dovecote. Neither are ringed and they are unobtrusive, going quietly about their business and looking after their babies who are 14 days old as I write. I have names for the babies but they won’t be given them until their ringing/naming day.

Jose is my female white dove that can’t fly – she lives in her hutch/table by day, and I bring her into the conservatory at night due to a frightening fox one night a while ago.

Rosie – white dove, pink ring - is no longer elusive, but very much in evidence in the garden. She is a male, but he will stay Rosie! He will now eat peanuts from my hand
Fennie – white dove, green and purple rings - is also seen daily in the garden. He’s male and is getting very near to eating peanuts from my hand!

Lesa – white dove, yellow ring - had been missing, but has come back in the last few weeks and I see him/her regularly now. I think he’s a he!
Moonshadow (beautiful opal pigeon) is still with us, so is Bianca2 (white dove) and Charlie, a pigeon (rescued from the hawk)

Bobbie3 is also a regular – he was one in the hospital that recovered from paramyxo
Olly, my oily pigeon, hasn’t been seen for ages – I think he was an Olivia and I’m hoping she’s gone off with a male to a new home.

Lampie and Happy are white doves I have caught nicking food in Jose’s hutch and ringed recently. Lampie has a purple ring and is named after Lampworkbeader, one of my lovely blog readers and a member of Purplecoo and Happy (caught on our anniversary – so Happy Anniversary is his real name) has a red ring. I don’t know yet if they are male or female – but probably both males as they are bolder.
Cloud – female white dove, pink/blue rings on the same foot - has been seen every day. She had some sort of accident/trauma – perhaps an encounter with a hawk. Her tummy has now totally healed and although she hobbles a bit, she can put more weight on her bad foot,

Storm – male grey pigeon and Cloud’s mate. I only recognise him when he’s with Cloud


I was pleased and surprised to see Joseph back again in my garden a few weeks ago. He hasn't been here since last summer! He stayed for a day, then disappeared, but came back yesterday, again only for one day. He is very beautiful and probably trades on it to get fed - if you saw him, you'd feed him! He has an iridescent purpley/green patch on the back of his head/neck, and is a gorgeous bold and fairly tame male.
Varied coloured feral pigeons, including Joseph, front right
Bianca2 - to be perfectly honest I can't remember the circumstances
under which I ringed her! I'd have to look back on my blog - I think she
was poorly in the hospital at one time 

Freckles - new to my garden since April and now a regular

In the photo above, you can see the amount of pigeons compaed to white doves coming to be fed at the moment. Bobbie3, recovered from paramyxo, and ringed with a blue ring is in the middle of them.
Bobbie3, left, with friend
Fennie, top, ringed with green and purple, and Rosie, ringed with pink,
both males and named after my blog readers
Not very clear, but Storm (Cloud's mate) is the pigeon, and Cloud
is far right, Jose, centre and another white dove eating Jose's food.
At one time Cloud and Storm rested a lot on Jose's table.
Cloud's tummy 23rd April '12 - now it's a month later and
it's totally healed

For some reason blogger is not allowing me to add more photos, so, annoyingly, I will have to start another blog to continue this one..... sorry.

This will be 23rd May '12 Blog 1, so read this one first!


Fennie said...

Glad to see Fennie is still alive and doing well. But my you have a stack of birds to feed.

Faith said...

Fennie's a great bird. Well worth feeding - lol!

mountainear said...

I'm surprised you can remember all the names that you do!

Alan feeds the birds in the garden and that's very expensive - hen food has gone in price too.