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PostSubject: I am terribly unhappy - Pete is missing!   Sun Feb 20, 2011 9:52 am

I am terribly unhappy. Since yesterday morning Pete did not come home. Emily was sitting on an egg which she has laid yesterday night and in the morning Pete flew away and did not return since then. Very sad Very sad Very sad

I have the suspicion that he suddenly decided to leave with one of his girlfriends.
I have already told you that Emily's eggs are not fertilized any more since a couple of breeding cycles. Maybe she is in that age when hens stop laying - i have no idea. 2 days ago both, Pete and Emily were still sitting happily together, grooming each other in their nest. There was no sign of a split and now this.

I am really devastated because Pete and Emma are our balcony family members who have started the dynasty 3 years ago. I would never have thought that Pete would ever lave her but apparently his longing for having more babies was stronger.

Now I am really afraid about Emily and what is going to happen to her. This morning I heard her calling and it made me really cry. Don't know what to do now... Not feeling well
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PostSubject: Re: I am terribly unhappy - Pete is missing!   Sun Feb 20, 2011 9:59 am

Sorry Petra that Pete is missing. Not feeling well

You will need to give Emily some special attention. You will need to pretend to do some nest sitting for her. She needs time off the nest to eat, poop and stretch her wings.

I hope Pete will return home soon. Fingers crossed


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PostSubject: Re: I am terribly unhappy - Pete is missing!   Sun Feb 20, 2011 10:24 am

Louise, thank heaven Emily does this. She already knows that the egg will not hatch because she left it a couple of times already for a longer period. She came in twice to eat and she flew off a few times. This at least is a good sign. I don't think she will lay another egg because in her poop this morning was a strange kind of thing that looked like the beginning of an egg. Maybe birds are capable of aborting an egg if the situation has changed - is that possible?

I only hope that she can cope with the loss. I talk to her as often as I can and try to lure her inside. It's really a tragedy.
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PostSubject: Re: I am terribly unhappy - Pete is missing!   Sun Feb 20, 2011 10:38 am

I am so sorry to hear about this, Petra. Very sad
I will think positive thoughts for you, Emily and Pete that he is OK and will return soon. Universal hug Circle of Love

Please do keep us posted.

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PostSubject: Re: I am terribly unhappy - Pete is missing!   Sun Feb 20, 2011 1:54 pm

I'm really sorry to hear that Pete is missing. I doubt that he would have left a nesting mate. They mess around, but don't normally leave the mate. He may have been gotten by a hawk or some other predator, or it is possible that someone is shooting them. That could be the problem with Jimmi too. Could be some wierdo around who doesn't like pigeons. It happens.
I hope he is safe and returns to you.
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PostSubject: Re: I am terribly unhappy - Pete is missing!   Sun Feb 20, 2011 3:23 pm

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I'm really sorry to hear that Pete is missing. I doubt that he would have left a nesting mate. They mess around, but don't normally leave the mate.

He may have been gotten by a hawk or some other predator, or it is possible that someone is shooting them. That could be the problem with Jimmi too. Could be some wierdo around who doesn't like pigeons. It happens.

I hope he is safe and returns to you.

Let's hope that's not the case here.


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PostSubject: Re: I am terribly unhappy - Pete is missing!   Sun Feb 20, 2011 7:46 pm

Hello, I am new here, my name is Annie. I have a friend on facebook who has a hand-reared, tame, pet, but free flying pigeon. Recently, he also disappeared, for about 5 whole days. But you know what, he returned home. Safe, tired, well.
He returned home x Please dont despair x
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PostSubject: Re: I am terribly unhappy - Pete is missing!   Sun Feb 20, 2011 8:01 pm

AnnieBirdy wrote:
Hello, I am new here, my name is Annie. I have a friend on facebook who has a hand-reared, tame, pet, but free flying pigeon.

Recently, he also disappeared, for about 5 whole days. But you know what, he returned home. Safe, tired, well.

He returned home x Please dont despair
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Thank you for sharing that, Annie.
This is very true in many instances, Petra.

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PostSubject: Re: I am terribly unhappy - Pete is missing!   Sat Mar 05, 2011 6:27 am

Is there any update or news on your lovely Pete?
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PostSubject: Re: I am terribly unhappy - Pete is missing!   Sat Mar 05, 2011 2:45 pm

I'm sorry I missed this post before, Petra. Sorry
Any news on Pete? I hope he's alright! Fingers crossed Fingers crossed Fingers crossed Fingers crossed Fingers crossed Circle of Love
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PostSubject: Re: I am terribly unhappy - Pete is missing!   Sat Mar 05, 2011 5:28 pm

Positive thoughts continue to be sent your way, Petra.

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PostSubject: Re: I am terribly unhappy - Pete is missing!   Tue Mar 15, 2011 1:50 pm

Dear Friends,
I very much apologize that I did not respond earlier but I simply could not. An era has come to an end. Thank you so much for all your comforting words. The fact is though that Pete has gone over the rainbow. I am absolutely sure of that. I am still mourning because nothing will be the same again. But there is the rest of the family - and I am grateful for this because they are a joy every day.

Please don't see me as a completely mad person but I want to tell you the story once more - about Pete and Emma and how this came to an end:

When I wrote that Pete, our pigeon patriarch, was gone, it was not quite clear to me what had really happened. On Mar 4 I got the proof that his time was over because Emma had laid only unfertilzed eggs for about half a year now. She has a new young mate and is laying eggs again. They are fertile!

The last days when Pete was here still he nearly sat for the whole day in the grand nest together with Emma. Apparently he said goodbye to her, as they were cuddling and kissing each other all the time. I did not know what was going to happen. Pete apparently told Emma that everything was okay because after he was gone Emma did not mourn as I expected but started to show interest in Rudi, Pina's mate. I was completely irritated about this because I had feared the worst to happen. But now everything is clear to me and it was my misinterpretation. Pete said goodbye to Emma and then left her to die. I am still crying when I think of the last day I saw both in the nest. I cannot help...I am still terribly sad. But I am also glad for Emma: because she has a young and virile new mate: Lucky. They both are really in love.

How it all started:

One day, on a sunny morning in March 2008, a pigeon appeared on the balustrade of our balcony on the higher levels of the appartment building. There was something about this pigeon that made me wonder who he was. Normally I would have chased him off - as I usually did - because of my ignorance, because I did not like them pooping everywhere, because they made so much noise in the early morning that you could not sleep any more and overall I did not like pigeons very much... But this one - it was different.

He somehow reminded me of another pigeon who regularly visited our balcony for a few minutes. We called him Mr. Whitecap, because he was light grey, with white wing feathers and a white cap. And he had one badly crippled foot that made him limp. But nevertheless he appeared again and again for about 5 years and then disappeared. I respected and admired this bird for coping with this injury and apparently having a strong will to survive. How little did I know then...

And now this new pigeon appeared on our balcony, looking very similar to our Mr. Whitecap whom I somehow missed and I was suddenly sure that he, the new one, was an offspring of Mr. Whitecap. He did not have this white cap but he was the same light grey blue barred pigeon, his wing feathers were white and he had at least a few white spots on his head and a really beautiful face and very intense eyes. I just had this feeling...

He - the new pigeon - let me observe him while I was inside but as soon as I opened the balcony door he was gone. So he was really a shy one. I was eager to know what would happen next.To be honest - nothing really happened for a while besides that he appeared one day and then was gone again for several days.

But one day he appeared again and with him came a tiny little pigeon lady, a dark grey one, with no special markings besides a sweet face and with somehow slanted eyes which were reminiscent of Asian eyes. You realize that I started to observe these birds closer, noticing more details about them and somehow they suddenly became more and more interesting for me. I really cannot say any more when this change of mind happened to me but there was clearly a change.

Pete, as I called him in the meanwhile, and Emma, his mate, still appeared only sporadically. Obviously they were a couple and both very shy. At the very moment I opened the balcony door they were gone. One day I observed them how they kissed each other and started the courtship mode. It was so interesting to watch this and I found it very sweet. So touching. I knew I could not chase them away any more if this should become an option.

In the meanwhile I put my plants out on the balcony again while the weather had become warmer. Also our pigeon couple seemed to get more accustomed to our presence and did not take off immediately any more when I openend the door. But they still flew away as soon as I came nearer than about 3 meters. And then one day, when I was watering my plants, I realized that Emma had silently built a "nest" behind a large planting pot with chlorophytum, that I had placed on another very large planting pot, that was filled with earth, just beneath the long leaves that were hanging from the pot. And she had laid 2 eggs. So what to do now?

As I did not know how long she was already sitting on these eggs I decided to leave her where she was and try to do everything a bit more comfortable for her i.e. I placed some more planting pots around her in order to protect her from further disturbance and view. And I had still no idea what would come next. Oh my - if I had known before...

Things took on and then one day - on the 9th of April in 2008 - the first egg hatched and out came something tiny, with golden-yellow "hair", a big head, huge feet, some strange huge eyes which still could not see, a wonderful living creature that changed our lives completely. This was Willy, our "first born". And then, two days later, little Joey climbed out of his egg shell.

This was also the birth of my diary, the Pigeon Tales, a documentary about everything that happened from now on...



I firmly believe that pigeons communicate in a way we humans do not realize. The last few days while Pete was still here he was taking care of Emma. I firmly believe that it was NOT an accident that Lucky became the new mate of Emma because he was still so young - much less than a year - I think it was somehow Pete's doing - they knew each other - and Pete was aware that Lucky was a very strong bird. I cannot prove this all - it is just my instinct that is telling me that there was something going on. Fact is that Emma is totally exchanged, happy, eating with great appetite and not sad at all. And Lucky - he has taken over Pete's reign on the balcony - he is the young new king now!

When I find the time I will post some new pics of them...
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PostSubject: Re: I am terribly unhappy - Pete is missing!   Tue Mar 15, 2011 8:59 pm

Thank you for your post, Petra, it was wonderful to read a brief reminder of Pete's appearance on your balcony, his life, and how he changed yours. Dove right Circle of Love
Your account is really bittersweet... the sadness of his departure, the joy that he brought to you, and through you to the lives of so many, and the message of hope, of continuity, the feeling that he meant it to be just so...

Wherever you are, dearest Pete, may the sun always shine on your wings and the sky always be blue above you. Star quality


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PostSubject: Re: I am terribly unhappy - Pete is missing!   Wed Mar 16, 2011 12:02 am

I am really sorry about Pete, Peta. Very sad
When we get a gut feeling about something and it's usually right. But please don't give up hope. Universal hug



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PostSubject: Re: I am terribly unhappy - Pete is missing!   Sun Mar 20, 2011 12:52 pm

Teresa and Cindy - thank you so much for your comforting words. Yes - it is a very bittersweet story. But life is going on without Pete, who - I am sure of - will have his reign beyond the rainbow and look down on all of us as the wise and friendly and strong pigeon he always was.
I will never forget you Pete

You hear me Pete: your beloved Emma is happy and she has started another life with Lucky, the beautiful young one:











Emma and her Asian eyes:


And here are Lucky and Emma feeding together:


Funny thing is that the perspective is somehow strange - here it looks like as if Lucky were smaller than Emma but reality is that he is much larger than Emma who is really tiny....
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PostSubject: Re: I am terribly unhappy - Pete is missing!   Sun Mar 20, 2011 1:24 pm

Thank you for sharing with us the beautiful photos of Emma and Lucky, Petra. I love it/them

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PostSubject: Re: I am terribly unhappy - Pete is missing!   Sun Mar 20, 2011 5:55 pm


The photos are beautiful Petra I love it/them Its so good to read that lovely Emma has found a new mate & happiness.
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PostSubject: Re: I am terribly unhappy - Pete is missing!   Sun Mar 20, 2011 10:02 pm

Such lovely photos!!! I love it/them I love it/them I love it/them
Thank you for posting them, Petra. I wish Emma and Lucky all the happiness in the world! pigeon 1
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PostSubject: Re: I am terribly unhappy - Pete is missing!   Tue Mar 22, 2011 11:47 am

Thank you all so much. Emma and Lucky are really a lovely couple. And Lucky - although he is still so young - only about 9 months old - takes his new duties very seriously!!!!
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PostSubject: Re: I am terribly unhappy - Pete is missing!   Tue Mar 22, 2011 7:49 pm

Awww, bless him! I love it/them
His markings are lovely, so striking! I can see another painting on the horizon... Wink
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PostSubject: Re: I am terribly unhappy - Pete is missing!   Tue Mar 22, 2011 11:54 pm

Teresa wrote:
Awww, bless him! I love it/them
His markings are lovely, so striking!

I can see another painting on the horizon
... Wink

I agree

I hope so!! No pressure, Petra. Wink

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