Petey the wonder dog is resting comfortably after 36 hours of throwing up and a rush visit to the vets yesterday. Eddie, despite his two kilometer brisk walk in foul weather, is whining and antsy and driving me crazy - he is temporarily confined to the mudroom because, despite a good towelling, he is - well - muddy. Suck it up, Eddie.
Sadie, seeing me return with Eddie, thinks she wants a walk - she would hate it and the cold and damp could bring on a collapse so she's going to have to quit pacing and wait until the weather improves a bit. It is a good day to catch up on blogs and tell you about our latest, albeit temporary I'm sure, addition.
|Our newest addition|
I figured the pigeon must be injured, and sprinkled a little seed from my feeder at the edge driveway, hoping to entice him/her out of danger's way. Indeed, the bird trotted over and started pecking on it. S/he was still there when I returned from the walk an hour later. When Eddie expressed curiosity, the pigeon flew to the top of my roof - not incapacitated as I feared, though perhaps a bit lopsided on one side.
The next morning, I opened my blinds there she/he was again - standing at the end of the driveway staring at the house. I decided to call him/her Spye. A good unisex name for a pigeon who may be a CIA agent in disguise. In fact, I have since caught Spye trying to put a wiretap on my phones:
|Dum dum dum dum dum...I'm just an innocent bird playing with the wires....|
Every single day since then, Spye has appeared on my driveway. For a while, it was like clockwork - arrival was 7 AM, departure was 12:30 PM. In between, Spye pecked a bit at any stray seeds that had drifted over from the feeder on the other side of the front lawn, but never roamed far. I began to sprinkle some seeds along the edge of the drive daily - sort of like taking coffee to the surveillance team.
|Snack time? Already?|
Recently, Spye has changed the routine a little (maybe Spye realized he'd/she'd been 'made'), and became a little less predictable - sometimes arriving earlier, sometimes later, usually gone by early afternoon but sometimes still there at 4:00 PM. Showing up every single day.
Ironically, one of the blogs I read by a blogger in New Mexico also recently had a lone pigeon show up - stayed for a week then took off again. But that one was banded and the blogger was able to track where it came from - Arizona. I suspect Spye is from somewhere much closer than that.
Spye isn't banded. There is a flock of pigeons who regularly feed a couple of blocks away from seed provided by the resident of a townhouse complex, but Spye always comes here alone.
I have no idea how long Spye will stay, nor why Spye is here and not with a flock. But as long as I don't see a Swat Team arrive, I figure there's no harm in having another mouth to feed and critter to watch.
Welcome, Spye. I wish you could talk.
|Spye, the Surveillance Pigeon, at the end of the driveway|