#343 In praise of pigeons

I wrote about black headed gulls recently, and urged people to look at them in another light. Today, I’m doing the same again – but with the humble Wood pigeon.

Everyone will be familiar with pigeons I’m sure. I’m not talking about the urban pigeons that flock around the towns. I’m talking about the wood pigeon. Yes, they are found all over the place (even in towns) but are easily identified by their white wing bar that clearly shows in flight.

A casual glance gives the impression of a grey, dumpy looking thing – and on a cold day when there is nothing to do but hunker down on a branch, it’s exactly how they do look:

The best way to pass the time. Chilling out under a feather duvet!

The best way to pass the time. Chilling out under a feather duvet!

Look at them in the sunlight, when the rays light up the sheen on their neck – and even the humble wood pigeon can scrub up well:

Cracking birds!

Cracking birds!

So, just because they are common and eat all the bird seed, don’t disregard the wood pigeon. Take a closer look, and admire them.

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