Just a quick update on the pretty, white bird. We believe that it is a homing pigeon of some variety. Anyway, she (he) has been named Groovy and she seemed to really be anxious to try to fly. So after a couple of weeks of convalescing we decided to give it a go. Our great neighbors up the street took care of her the second week as we actually live in two places and couldn’t really take her to the other house. That next weekend, we walked up the street to see if she could do it and to say our farewells.
Mr. Mike let Andrew hold her just before releasing her. He lifted her up high and gave her a little toss and …….and…….and……
she didn’t get very far. But just then, she took to the sky and flew to the top of the house. She spent about 1/2 hour up there which left us all wondering what we would do if she didn’t fly away. We have lots of red-tailed hawks that live on our surrounding foothills and she surely wouldn’t survive up there for long. During this time she seemed to be exercising her wings and getting herself oriented. Here is a picture of her wound that is still visible. The yellowing on the wing is from the iodine solution that we kept on the wound.
She finally found the direction she wanted to go and flew about a mile or so up the road before landing out of sight.
Bye, Groovy. We’ll miss you.