I’m continually amazed at how nature manages to adapt and survive, against all the odds. In our garden, wood pigeons in particular have shown some remarkable recoveries. One bird last year had lost it’s entire tail, had one leg that stuck out at right angles to its body and spent several days huddled under the bird feeder before disappearing. A couple of weeks later, to my utter amazement, it was back – with a tail that had started to grow back and having learnt to hop everywhere, even landing and perching on branches!
The latest pigeon with a tough life ahead is one that again spent quite a bit of time around the feeders in recent months – but is surviving. A look at its bill reveals just why it will be struggling, with a deformity that has resulted in a crossed beak, and the upper mandible developing a bit of a hook. It can’t peck at its food in the usual way, so is pretty much dependent on bird table scraps and the fall out from feeders. It’s hanging in there though, and I admire it for not giving up. Let’s hope it gets through the long winter ahead of it.