Moulting behaviour

Last night when I popped out into the back garden, I accidentally scared a pigeon. I hadn’t seen it in the undergrowth, although I dare say if I had I would still have needed to go outside.

In any case, the poor thing seemed out of its wits. After I went back inside, I watched it scurrying about at the end of the garden

before braving it down to the middle again.

By now, it was getting quite dark. I wondered if it was after water or waiting for something else. It was clearly moulting, with the neck and head particularly affected. Perhaps it simply didn’t have the energy to fly out of the garden.

Nonetheless, I was still surprised this lunch time to see it sitting on the raised bed wall. I have no idea if it sojourned on the pot I had last seen it on yesterday at dusk but today it didn’t even scurry off until it was obvious I was going down the garden.

I haven’t seen it since it ran to the back of my neighbour’s garden but I hope it is okay. It must a truly exhausting business losing one’s feathers and growing a new set of them.

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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5 Responses to Moulting behaviour

  1. Let’s hope it is OK. I wasn’t aware they moulted like that

  2. Pingback: Gobbling up the crab apples | Growing out of chaos

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