#atozchallenge: F is for Farewell Feathered Friend…

07 Apr


Today’s A-Z post is only a quick one and I’d rather not write it, but…

Last summer I told you about Brian the pigeon, who had taken up residence in our garden after having lost the ability to find his way home.


Ever since, we’ve been feeding him his favourite sunflower seeds a couple of times a day and he has been keeping us company on the patio, until last weekend.

For the last four days, Brian has not been seen, which is very unusual.
Now, I suppose it’s possible he may have got amorous with one of the local wood pigeons and is busy setting up nest together with them somewhere, but I have a nasty feeling the more likely explanation is that he’s been catted, or possibly owled.

There are a good many local cats in the neighbourhood and we have been seeing a barn owl a lot in the last few weeks, which has been terrorising the nearby rookery.

So I’ll try and think positive and hope that he’s finally integrated with the local bird population, or possibly had a flash of directional inspiration and found his way home (because, for some reason, the thought of a stray pigeon having a run in with the silent hunters of the night makes me a little sad; he was quite a character) and I’ll leave you with this typical shot of him begging for more food.


Bye Brian, it was good to know you.



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10 responses to “#atozchallenge: F is for Farewell Feathered Friend…

  1. melanieburnsschulz

    April 7, 2016 at 19:31

    😦 poor Brian.

    • dalecooper57

      April 7, 2016 at 20:03

      I’m not giving up hope, I’d like to think he’s happily raising little Brians and Briannys somewhere.

  2. John Holton

    April 7, 2016 at 20:15

    Nice thing about pigeons is there are plenty more Brians out there. Looks like he has a band on his leg…

    My father-in-law took to feeding pigeons in his last couple of years. He called one Hoppy because he was missing one leg

    • dalecooper57

      April 7, 2016 at 20:40

      He was a lost homing pigeon who adopted us after landing in our garden, hence the ring. I’d been told that owners don’t treat them too well once they get lost and have to be retrieved, so we didn’t report him and he hasn’t gone far from the house ever since.

  3. Silvia Writes

    April 7, 2016 at 22:53

    I’m keeping hope Brian’s okay. So cool that he came and spent some time.

    • dalecooper57

      April 7, 2016 at 23:03

      It was nice that he chose us to stop with, yes.

  4. Liz Brownlee

    April 7, 2016 at 23:39

    I’m rooting for Brian – you never know! How lovely that he had a good time in your garden at least for a while! ~Liz

  5. Wendy Jean (@MrsPickle_)

    April 8, 2016 at 02:11

    Perhaps he’s on holiday and will return shortly πŸ™‚

  6. Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor

    April 8, 2016 at 14:04

    I hope Brian the pigeon is okay too. Hopefully, he’ll return soon to say hello.

    Cheers – Ellen |

  7. Bee Halton

    April 8, 2016 at 17:41

    The Life of Brian obviously takes many forms πŸ˜‰


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