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PostSubject: There you are!   Tue Sep 22, 2009 6:20 am

I thought I'd start a thread for sightings of released rehabs or other feathered friends we only see from time to time.

That's because when I went to change the pigeons' water at the park I came across Ritchie the Terror, who was released over a year ago after recovering from a broken leg. Considering the poor life expectancy for feral pigeons and the fears about how they will cope after release, I was overjoyed.

This was him recovering:


Fully recovered (check the attitude!):


And this was my daughter releasing him in August last year:

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PostSubject: Re: There you are!   Tue Sep 22, 2009 6:48 am

I like the topic, Teresa.
While I don't have pictures of them, I recognise some pigeons here, form 10 years back. One has only one foot and is easy to pick out of the crowd...or should I say flock.
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PostSubject: Re: There you are!   Tue Sep 22, 2009 6:52 am

What an excellent topic, Teresa.

I love it when we see a former pijjie flying about long after they have been released.
Ritchie the Terror definitely looks like he has a mind of his own and nobody is going to change it.

I love it that you filmed your daughter releasing him. And then as he's flying away the woman watching him. It kind of looked like she followed him until he was out of sight. That was .

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PostSubject: Annie Fancy Feathers   Tue Sep 22, 2009 7:16 am

Annie Fancy Feathers and her brother we brought to me by Kim (KIPPY) after they had fallen out of one of her palm trees. They were only a couple weeks old at the time, if I recall correctly.
They still needed attention and Kim worked so she asked if I could watch them. When they were ready to be released, we decided to release them into our backyard flock.

They were two of the funniest babies.

This is Annie (front) and her brother (May 2004)



Here's Annie, back for a visit (Jan 27, 2006)



It was very easy to spot her with her unique feathering. Her brother was not so easy as he had no distinct markings.

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PostSubject: Re: There you are!   Tue Sep 22, 2009 2:31 pm

Great story and pictures of Ritchie the Terror! He sure was ready to go, he was off like a shot! Way To Go
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PostSubject: Re: There you are!   Tue Sep 22, 2009 6:52 pm

Matilda wrote:
I like the topic, Teresa.
While I don't have pictures of them, I recognise some pigeons here, form 10 years back. One has only one foot and is easy to pick out of the crowd...or should I say flock.

Wow, 10 years! That's amazing! Great job
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PostSubject: Re: There you are!   Tue Sep 22, 2009 7:04 pm

Annie Fancy Feathers is a beauty! Great pictures and great story, Cindy!

And yes, Ritchie is a real character! Shame I hadn't taken my camera today, but I do have some photos taken a few months back. In this one I think he recognised me.



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PostSubject: Re: There you are!   Tue Sep 22, 2009 11:16 pm

Great photo, Teresa.
I love watching a flock of pigeons just kickin' back and being able to put down their guard a bit.

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PostSubject: Re: There you are!   Mon Oct 05, 2009 6:03 pm

Noel, you clever boy, you made it!
Happy Dance Happy Dance Happy Dance Happy Dance Happy Dance Happy Dance Happy Dance Happy Dance

After spending the last two weekends looking for my ex-rehab Noel, who used to go and feed in the square where some monster culled the entire flock, I saw him today when I went to the park to photograph the pigeons playing in the rain.
Cindy, you said you hoped he would turn up -- well, we've got our wish, and I'm SO happy! Thanks

The story:
Noel spent 4 months with us last winter, recovering from a broken leg and a Salmonella lesion on his wing. He became Piper's first love.
Here are the two of them doing the hokey-cokey:



Here he is after his release in February:



This was him at the park today:



And just look at him in action:

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PostSubject: Re: There you are!   Mon Oct 05, 2009 6:22 pm

Teresa wrote:
Noel, you clever boy, you made it!


After spending the last two weekends looking for my ex-rehab Noel, who used to go and feed in the square where some monster culled the entire flock, I saw him today when I went to the park to photograph the pigeons playing in the rain.

* Cindy, you said you hoped he would turn up -- well, we've got our wish, and I'm SO happy!

This was him at the park today



And just look at him in action:

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Bless your little birdy heart, Noel.
I'm going to dance right along with ya, Teresa.

I love this post!!
Look at him spread those beautiful wings and fly.

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PostSubject: Re: There you are!   Mon Oct 05, 2009 6:37 pm

That is wonderful news. Happy Dance
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PostSubject: There you are!   Mon Oct 05, 2009 7:20 pm

How great of a story
I now have a large flock coming at 3:30 pm each day
and already the family is naming certain ones, and this just reminds
me that I missed watching the feeding today and better go out and
refill the dishes.............
love the video and he stood out so nice pigeon 1
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PostSubject: Re: There you are!   Mon Oct 05, 2009 7:25 pm

Effa wrote:
How great of a story
I now have a large flock coming at 3:30 pm each day
and already the family is naming certain ones, and this just reminds
me that I missed watching the feeding today and better go out and
refill the dishes.............
love the video and he stood out so nice pigeon 1


Effa...how large is your feral flock?
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PostSubject: Re: There you are!   Mon Oct 12, 2009 8:47 pm

The Magic of Merlin

Merlin is my darling boy, as dear to me as Piper herself.
Though I don't often mention him, I watch out for his arrival every day at feeding time... and every day he comes, has done so since he was released in April this year.

I first spotted him in early March, unable to stand or walk.



His feet were entangled in fine fishing line. By the time I managed to catch him, the damage was the most severe I've ever dealt with. He convalesced on a specially-made foam mattress.



Things got scary when one of the two remaining toes on his left foot would not straighten out, and I feared it might have to be amputated to allow him to walk. Cynthia was my guardian angel then.



Finally the day to release him arrived (yes, that's the cage that Grumpy has taken over, having noticed that I kept fresh food and water in it, in case Merlin wanted to come in -- but he never did.)



And here he is waiting for his dinner in May



June



July



and yesterday



and I love seeing him every day! Circle of Love


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PostSubject: Re: There you are!   Mon Oct 12, 2009 9:04 pm

Wonderful pictures, Teresa. I have one like that too...brings me joy every time I see him. Dove right
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PostSubject: Re: There you are!   Mon Oct 12, 2009 10:43 pm

Great sequence of photos, Teresa.
Merlin is a very handsome pij. As are his buddies.

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PostSubject: Re: There you are!   Wed Oct 14, 2009 8:52 pm

Thank you both. Thanks
I suppose it's always the ones whose life you fight for the hardest that become dearest to you. He still reacts to his name, but won't come too close! Tickled Pink
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PostSubject: Re: There you are!   Sat Jan 30, 2010 6:05 pm

Three releases sighted in one day!

Scarlet:


Noel:


and Ritchie:

Happy Dance Happy Dance Celebrate Thrilled Celebrate Happy Dance Happy Dance
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PostSubject: Re: There you are!   Sat Jan 30, 2010 7:07 pm

That's wonderful that you see them and know they are doing well. You have some fine looking ferals.
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PostSubject: Re: There you are!   Sun Jan 31, 2010 9:56 am

Teresa, this is so lovely - I love it/them I love it/them I love it/them I love it/them
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PostSubject: Re: There you are!   Thu Mar 04, 2010 10:39 pm

Love you too, Merlin! Happy Feeling great Happy Dance

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PostSubject: Re: There you are!   Sat Mar 05, 2011 9:21 pm

It's exactly a year since I posted here.

Guess who's still doing well out there... it's Noel (white with brown markings):



... and Merlin and Mac (ex-string injuries) come over for a meal every day.

This is Geraldo, last Friday, making himself at home. He stumbled for a moment on the windowsill, because of the window rails, but I think you'll agree he's doing fine despite missing two toes:



And Speedy (nearest to the camera), the latest release, has become a member of my invasive feral flock! Tickled Pink She's really enjoying being free, but one of her toes still curls a lot, so I'm keeping an eye on her.

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PostSubject: Re: There you are!   Sat Mar 05, 2011 10:46 pm

Teresa wrote:
Love you too, Merlin! Happy Feeling great Happy Dance



I'm sure glad you updated as I don't recall seeing this photo. I love it/them


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PostSubject: Re: There you are!   Sat Mar 05, 2011 10:48 pm

Love the update, pictures and video.
You're feral flock is beautiful. Chuck just saw the pictures and agrees. cheers

He also says, "Hi, Teresa". Hi there/Bye

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PostSubject: Re: There you are!   Sat Mar 05, 2011 11:13 pm

Thank You Feeling great Hi there/Bye

I still have a huge soft spot for Merlin! And I don't know what it is about his look, that I can have 10 blue-bars on the roof, but I recognise him instantly, even if all I can see is his face. That's why I called him Merlin, because I reckoned there was something mystical about him.
He was my first serious string injury, and doing my best to care for him before I had an avian vet to depend on was very frightening. As I remember, he gave me a good run for my money too, and it took me 3 weeks, and experimenting with 2 nets and 3 traps before I finally caught him.
I owe him the knowledge and experience that have helped so many other string injuries since then.
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