Diary as of 7/6 – 7/8/2008
Today Emma and Pete decided to drive the youngsters out of the pigeon castle – Willy and Joey have to sleep somewhere else and not on their glasses any more. I am sad. But I assume that’s the way life goes and completely natural. Despite that I am sad and I worry about the kiddos. Are they really ready to live on their own already? And are they coming back? I am feeling as if they were my own kids that have left home. Geeez – I must be crazy – it’s only some damn stupid pigeons but in the meanwhile I feel about them as if they were pets 😦
And the next days always the same happens:
Willy and Joey are chased away by both parents vigorously now when they try to land on the balcony. This can last up to an hour or even more with some pauses in between where the kiddos try to land and are then chased away so that the feathers are flying. I am really worried and fear that they hurt themselves.
In some way it is interesting to watch how this happens: Pete runs on the balustrade after them – mostly it is Willy whom he is chasing – he lifts one of his wings and then he slaps with it with a real loud noise. It’s really like a nasty person slapping someone. And each evening this happens the same way when they try to occupy their sleeping places – without success. When the chase is on, you can hear wild flapping of wings with a lot of noise each evening on the balcony. Sometimes they get so mad at each other that they are fighting on the sideboard, their beaks jammed in each other’s face and flapping wildly with the wings. Even spraying them with water does not end the fight sometimes.
Gladly up till today none of the crazy pigeons got hurt so I think it’s somehow okay. But it all costs them a lot of energy. And I will have to think about an alternative how I could avoid those terrible fights. It’s getting on my nerves and I am always afraid that they will hurt each other one day.
The funny thing is that both kiddos gain power through these fights. Perhaps this is a necessary process. From day to day they are less afraid of their father and sometimes I laugh loud when they trick him. They really do this: one diverts his attention and of course gets chased while the other one tries to reach their beloved sleeping places on the board. But this of course does not work for long because the mother chases them as well.
Despite all this fighting during the day sometimes too Willy and Joey sneak in from time to time and I can give them some of their beloved sunflower seeds. Together we can trick ol’ Pete and his nasty wife!!!!
In the meanwhile they have learned to follow the noise I am making with a little plastic bowl that has a red cover and they have learned to trust me, while I am standing at the balustrade to pick their seeds directly from that little bowl that I am holding in my hands. So they still come to get their goodies.
Especially towards evening time Pete and Emma sit like vultures on the glasses where the kiddos used to sleep in order to protect their area. And oh boy – if they dare to appear then the wild chase is on again.
Sometimes Pete gets tired chasing the youngsters but Emma especially is a real bitch – each time she gets furious when Joey or Willy appear. I wonder what will happen when the new kiddos are grown up????
That will be very interesting.
Winnie and Jimi (the new babies) are growing fast. Today I put a piece of cartonage into the flower pot in order to hinder them from falling out of the nest when they begin to flap their wings and trying to go on adventurous tours. I think it won’t take very long for that. Also that piece of cardboard keeps them much warmer – the nights are quite cold at the moment and they are huddled together often.
Btw – I also observed a different behaviour of the parents while feeding: unlike in spring both parents are feeding directly one after the other. I wonder whether this is an improved behaviour or not. I don’t know…
Winnie and Jimi after 9/10 days:
Btw – that pink naked part to be seen at the beginning of the little video is Jimi’s bare leg…