then I opened the top of the run, and Huck didn't need to be asked twice. He hopped out to the side of the run....
And sat there for a minute
Then he flew to the top of Cloud's hutch
He sat there for about ten minutes, perfectly content and getting his bearings, and I took some photos. I wondered how long he would stay there, and was thinking of getting a rug to sit on to be near him, when he flew up to a high tree. Almost immediately another jackdaw flew by, he recognised his own..... and off he flew!
One of us was pleased to see Huck go - Cloud! She had only tolerated her noisy room-mate.When I brought her into the conservatory at dovie in-time, I had not yet cleaned the crate after his messy occupancy, so planned to put her in the small box for the night as before but I didn't shut her in at first and left the grille open, allowing her the freedom of the table. When I next checked her, she had shuffled out of her box and was sitting just outside the crate. It's my crate, she said, and I want it back!
Lucky and Charm have started a new nest and this morning when Charm popped out of the cote to eat, I popped up the steps to find one egg nicely tucked well into the middle back of the nest. Good! If you remember, the eggs of their last lot (that failed to develop properly) were laid right up near the entrance which I found very unusual. So this first egg has been laid 9 days after the others were due to hatch, and Lucky and Charm have followed the regular driving, courting, mating, cuddling in together, nest building process before the egg was laid. The actual nest building was helped by me as I added hay to the nestbox - I am so hoping that nothing will go wrong with this lot of eggs and Lucky doesn't seem very good at nestbuilding!
Friday 28.6.13 - At 9.30 am this morning when Charm again came out of the cote, I found that the egg was still on its own. I hope that another will be laid this afternoon. The last time, if you remember, Charm left the first egg on it's own for the night, but she stayed last night and she and Lucky have been conscientious about taking turns - this egg has hardly been left alone for a minute. That and the fact that the egg is in the 'proper' place in the nestbox makes me feel more hopeful for the success of this egg or eggs.
I took some photos of Lucky sitting in the raised kitchen garden bed in the rain today. He is lifting his wings, as the pigeons and doves do when it rains, but it wasn't until I uploaded the photos that I noticed something. So how observant are you? Have a close look at the five photos of Lucky below.
http://www.angelfire.com/ga/huntleyloft/eye.html There is also the possibility of an albino bird with pink eyes, and some people, apparently, are noting pigeons with green or violet eyes. Hmm the photos look like they are wearing fashion lenses! Split (sometimes called cracked) eyes are common in piebald birds. It's where part of a coloured eye is shadowed like bull eye. Apparently it can be a little spot or it can be as much as almost the whole iris. Usually it is close to half of the eye shadowed and can be in one or both eyes. So as you can see, lots of possibilities for eye differences and colours.
Today a beautiful pale grey and white pigeon arrived. I immediately named her Snow Pearl, and she reminded me of my 'Beautiful Stranger' who I haven't seen for quite a while. There is much comings and goings at this time of year, and we have several very young birds appearing. I try to make sure that the little ones get enough to eat - they are so low in the pecking order, and so hesitant that if I don't try to feed them directly, all the grain is gone before they have started.
Snow Pearl possibly has the 'pearl' eyes but I haven't been able to get a close enough photo yet.
I of course cleaned the crate today so it is ready for Cloud tonight. It seems very empty without all the bricks, flower pot and bits and pieces I put in to keep little Huckleberry amused. Maybe I should give Cloud toys, but I wouldn't know what to give her. Hubbie thinks she is worse than she was - I am not sure, but she does spend a lot of time in the day sleeping. A few times recently I have looked across at the hutch, thought she was lying as if she were dead, and gone across to find her zonked out, but alive!
Sat and Sun 29/30.6.13 - Cassidy, with his one leg, is still doing well, much less nervous of me now as he knows he gets thrown peanuts if he only stands and waits!
|Bull eyed pigeon|
And they seemed so happy that I decided to open up the hutch and see what would happen if I let them have some time together. Porchie got very enthusiastic and Cloud fell off the table!
In the evening, when she was in the conservatory in her crate, Cloud had a bad fit. She has them sometimes, but this went on for quite a while, wings flapping noisily. I went in to see her, but she seemed disorientated, flapping and pecking at me crossly, so I left her to recover. Hubbie thinks she might just die one day during a fit. Poor Cloud - maybe it was due to the heat, or because I let Porchie get to her.....I wish she would recover and have a normal life, but I don't think that is going to happen - she's been like this for 7 months now.
Cassidy suffered a bit in the heat too - here he is panting.. it must be hard work hopping about on one leg in this hot weather!
Thurs 4th July 13 - Lucky on the roof, alone except for one dark pigeon. He does go for a fly round, but is always back on time to take over from Charm on the nest.
But just at the crucial moment - she shut them!!!
Porchie, with the dark mark on his wing/tail, tries to forget Cloud and makes up to another young lady
She appears shy
Snow Pearl has the most beautiful opalescent plumage
Doesn't she? You have to agree....
And I am pretty sure she has what would be called the pearl eye
|Pearl eye pigeon with pale opalescent plumage|
I was lucky enough to be able to photograph Snow Pearl next to an orange eye pigeon so you can appreciate the difference.
Sat 6th July '13 - Didn't see Liberty today, but all my other special birds were accounted for. I allowed Porchie to again spend some time with Cloud, as he is soooo faithful, sitting outside the wire grille for hours on end, when she is locked in - which she has to be for her own good.
And then her head flops again....
He tries to court her....
But they end up ignoring each other!
I'm kidding myself if I think she can have any sort of a normal life - and I don't even know if she likes Porchie or not. That sounds ridiculous, but when I had Jose, my flightless bird, I knew she liked Happy from her behaviour......but Cloud can no longer be considered a normal bird and it's not fair on Porchie to let him think he's in with a chance. I wish he would find a lovely young lady dove to bill and coo with!
Sun 7.7.13 - Here's Fennie (grey) now aged about 59 days and still small compared to Dolly (the white one is not Dolly)
But here she is - Dolly, his white twin!
Bath time - two's company
Three's a crowd
And who's that drinking the bath water?
The pigeon standing above is Charlie - rescued from the hawk in January 2012 - and still coping despite not being able to pick up grain as easily as the others. He's at least 20 months old, as he wasn't a squab when I first saw him - and he's done well. It's gratifying to see him every day, enjoying the garden.
Mon - Wed - 8-10th July - This is what I currently see when I go into the garden at 6.30am every morning to feed the birds - a huge flock on the roof. And there are many birds I recognise but don't mention in the blog as I'd be blogging all day if I did!
Roly-Poly staggers and...
star-gazes like Cloud....
Here he is staggering again....
and then collapses over.
He's getting closer!
But it looks like she's not interested for now.
Wed. 10th July 13 - The jackdaws come into the garden early to try to rob the grain. Every caw reminds me of little Huck, and there was a youngster today, following it's parent -
Baby jack - so sweet!
Cassidy has had a thread or wisp of something attached to his head for a day or so - I wish I could get hold of him to pluck it off - it's really annoying me!
All seems well with Lucky and Charm's nest - only 6 days to go til they are due to hatch!
To be cont....