cirque de woodpigeon

July 5, 2010

in Birds, guestsMM

Wood Pigeon on a Bird Feeder   |   Mesmerising Moments

The woodpigeon’s wife tells him: No, don’t do it!

Don’t try to jump from the washing line onto the hanging bird feeder. Your wing will be severed by one of the three strings that hold it.

You will get tangled up and hang yourself. Your body is far too wide to even fit between the strings!

But the woodpigeon tries. The hanging plate flies to the side and the food spills out. The feral pigeons are quick to eat it on the grass.

Next day, surprise, here he is having another try. Again the food spills. But guess what? He is determined and he keeps trying and after many attempts, during which we are foolish and laugh at him, one day a miracle!

He makes a perfect, smooth drop onto the side of the tray, the food doesn’t spill and he swings on the hanging tray. He adjusts his body weight to the mad swinging and only when it stops does he patiently dip his head and gain his reward of seeds.

Again and again he comes each day and he has the knack of it now. All the feral pigeons stare, hungry. Mr Woodpigeon glides between the strings, gracefully he swings and eats. He swings and eats.

We gasp. The woodpigeon’s wife flaps her wings from a tree. He has been doing this for a whole year.

He is our hero.

We are mesmerised.

Today’s Mesmerising Moment and photograph are by guest contributor Flora of Inner Wild Therapy.

Flora is a big believer in the wildness of the human spirit and how this is connected to the external wilderness that is all around in nature. She inspiringly suggests we should all “breathe dearheart, breathe”.

You can read more from Flora on the Inner Wild Therapy blog and follow her on Twitter – @InnerWild

Find out more about the distribution and habits of woodpigeons on the RSPB website.

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