I could never imagine being a caretaker for pigeons, and actually expanding my awareness about them.
When Quarantine started in my city, my area became extremely quiet. This allowed animals like pigeons to roam around more and explore areas they normally don’t visit, like my courtyard.
In the four years I lived in my apartment, never have any pigeons been in the courtyard. Only during lockdown did a sweet pair of pigeons start sleeping at the top corner of our building. They were so cute looking huddled together in the evenings. I saw them even sleep through heavy rains.
As the days went by, and they continued to sleep at their corner every night, I had an inspiration to start offering them food. One of the things I dearly missed since moving to another country was not being able to feed birds. I use to have a large bird feeder at my parent’s home, which I would fill on a regular basis, and it would bring me to so much joy to see wild birds (and the occasional squirrel) devour the seeds. It was my one responsibility for the animals and broke my heart when I moved abroad and couldn’t do this.
These pigeons gave me the opportunity to re-spark this point. My partner and I found a spot on our terrace where we could place food. We bought dove seed, plus a varierty of other seed, and waited about a week until they made their descent onto our terrace and started eating.
Fast forward to a few months later, and they are our regular visitors and the joy of our lives. We learned a lot about pigeons over the months – like how back in ancient civilization pigeons were great companions to humans – almost like dogs, and in both world wars were great postal carriers who would deliver messages to allies. They actually make great pets, when tamed, and are sweet and sensitive by nature.
We seem to enjoy each other’s presence. I have to move slowly when I am with them, but when I am sitting outside I sweet talk them. Sometimes they will sit down or stand with one leg, giving me a soft blink of the eye to indicate they are comfortable with me. This type of animal friendship is something that has brought me great joy during this difficult time. They both have unique expressions and behaviors, which is amazing. They have opened my eyes to look at how I have seen pigeons, or how people talked about them, as being scum, diseased, little annoyances. But once you get to know them and learn about them, they are really great animals.
They support me to be more responsible. I clean their space and my terrace regularly, provide food and water. It’s an extra responsibility, but I feel like it’s a good one because I am supporting a part of life, a part of nature. I have to push myself to do the responsibility, but I really like it. It helps me do something outside of myself and my normal tasks.
Also another thing I learned was how the media makes out piegons to be these really hideous, disease birds. While I need to do more research on this, supposedly they are not as diseased or dangerous to handle as some media outlets make them out to be. It may be propaganda to get rid of them, which is sad because back then they were friendly companions with humans. And if you try to get rid of them or kill them they repopulate in even greater numbers lol.
So my point is, is that any animal you see as less than you, like pigeons, look again. Sure they may all look the same and act the same, and be a ‘nuisance’ but they are trying to live like us, and if you take them apart and befriend them individually you’ll find they each have unique and sometimes funny characteristics and can be really sweet to be around 🙂 They can really support you if you allow yourself to open up to them.
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