Love is in the air

Well, sort of.
When Hubby was in one of his favoured DIY shops, I stayed in the car with the dog, and became intrigued with the behaviour of half a dozen or so feral pigeons on the industrial unit roof opposite.
feral pigeonsFerals tend to look grubby and dishevelled in comparison to the handsome collared and impeccably groomed wood pigeon.

woodysClint Eastwood’s character in the 1993 film In the Line of Fire says he knows a lot about pigeons .
Now whether he does or not is anyone’s guess, but I’m learning!
All that billing and cooing as they rub bills and coo softly to each other is cute.
And I’ve seen males fluff themselves up to more than twice their size to impress the gals only to end up deflated when said females fly off.

feral pairIn fact, I’ve done a few posts on pigeons when we were in the cottage (here and here if you wish for a taster).

Coming back to today though, a male was strutting his stuff behind a female who was interested, but playing hard to get. She’d let him get close then turn suddenly on her tail feathers, but he’d follow suit, patiently bobbing his head up and down as he closed the distance, fluffing his feathers but not wishing to rush her.
After a few minutes, he was rewarded as she accepted him on her back, and the deed was done.

Now I’m not sure if it was the wind or pure elation, but that bird almost did a barrel roll in flight, as if punching the air at his success as he flew off away from the female who remained on the roof along with the other birds who watched him go.

feral flightAnother male then started the same procedure with his lady love, though she wasn’t half as accommodating and just before the moment of contact, took off leaving him in her wake.
I swear I saw his shoulders slump in defeat.


About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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6 Responses to Love is in the air

  1. Capt Jill says:

    I was at the zoo yesterday, lots more than pigeons were making it. Ever watched a couple of lions? I guess Spring is in the air. 😉

    • Ha! Lions getting it on, and my Mum got it all on film years ago (and zoomed in!) when she was trying out her birthday present of a cine camera (I did say it was years ago)

  2. blindzanygirl says:

    Lol. I think that is what our pigeons were trying to do today – on top of hubby’s car lol

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