Not One of the Locals

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© Caryn Adams
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We were visited on June 14, 2012, by a homing or racing pigeon. The second time he stopped by I tracked down the owners with the help of the American Racing Pigeon Union. They came to pick him up but he had gone by the time they got here. He is now flying with the local pigeons and we see him every now and then.

He is 3-4 months old here, and left during one of the training times where the older and younger pigeons fly around home. Since he has survived and is bonding with a flock that lives about ten miles from his original place, the owners have decided to let him continue unless he becomes stranded on his own again. Usually lost pigeons don't make it because they're domesticated.

UPDATES:

7/5/2012 - The pigeon stopped by again today, flying in over my shoulder after I put my birdseed out for the day. He's healthy, and was joined by others after a while. They flew off together.

7/26/2012 - The pigeon flew in with about 15 birds. He was not ravenous but ate well, looked very healthy, and some feathers are beginning to change color. Best of all (and a little heartbreaking!) he didn't pay any attention to the windows or try to see inside the house. He is no longer domesticated. His life is as it should be.

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