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Today I had a cool experience.

Son has a sore throat, and I consented to run out in the rain to get him some cough drops. And this took me by a little place I like a lot. It is a little flower stand, set up on the street corner, where a Spanish speaking family sells flowers. They set up in the morning, under a little metal awning, everything fresh, every day. I do not buy flowers-- cannot justify the expense usually, but I always stop a moment to admire them as I go by, and they smell so good.

They are all there together, all day, a man, and his wife, and a little fat baby, and now that school is out, they have several kids there too much of the day.

Anyway, today it was absolutely pouring, and I was trying to stay close to the buildings so I could stay a little dry.

As I came up to the flower place i noticed something flapping among the flower pots. I came in closer to look.

There had been pigeons this summer nesting in the metal gutter. Two half grown birds had either decided to fledge today. They had tried to fly, and had ended up in the flowers.

They were so foolish looking! They had grown up shaped bodies, and wing feathers more or less, and fluffy yellow pinfeathers on their heads, like chicken chicks.

So I reached in gently, and took one, and the flowers man took another, and another man climbed the metal shelves where the flower pots sit, and we put them back up. They are safer up there. Silly babies!

If I did not have two dogs and a cat already I might have tried to make a pet of one.


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Jul. 4th, 2013 12:59 am (UTC)
Most 'babies' are cute and make you want to cuddle and nurture them. It's a survival tactic. A grown-up pigeon would prob. not be a great pet, though.
Jul. 4th, 2013 03:51 am (UTC)
Aww, what a great story!
Jul. 4th, 2013 11:44 am (UTC)
Oh how sweet. Baby pigeons, though - alas - grow into big pigeons, which are vile.
Jul. 4th, 2013 02:40 pm (UTC)
I kind of like them. It is not their fault that they are dirty. Birds want to be clean, but these guys have nowhere clean to live.

Also I love to watch them fly in flocks. They do it in the early morning and it is glorious to watch. They school like fish, and wheel and turn all together.

But you are right, they are dirty where they perch is always a mess, and you can be sure I washed my hands furiously when I got home with the cough drops!

Jul. 4th, 2013 03:18 pm (UTC)
We had a pigeon get in the house, once. It pooed on the ceiling. I kid you not.
Jul. 6th, 2013 04:20 am (UTC)
I totally believe it.

We had chickens when I was a kid, roaming loose in our yard during the day. (At night they went into a house with no prompting.) In the winter we had to watch them for frostbite, birds have a terrible time with frozen feet. One thing we used to do was bring them in, one by one to stand in the bathroom sink for a while with some tepid water. Made an interesting experience for guests!

Cleaning the sink afterward was a disgusting task, and cleaning a chicken house, (Which I did as a child,) can actually damage lungs and eyes.
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