Bemused Visitor

Racing Pigeon 1

Haiku 109

Looking for water

A pit-stop in my garden

Somebody’s fancy



I don’t know who was more surprised when I opened my front door the other day; me or the pigeon.

Clearly a cut above the laughing doves I usually see in my garden, the tag on this racing pigeon’s leg proclaimed his ownership.

Mr Fancy Pants was a fine muscular fellow, but looked rather bemused to see me.

Racing Pigeon 2

I have been visited before by a tagged racing pigeon, which also hung around in the front garden. When it was still there the next day I was worried a cat would get it, so I drove it all the way to the World of Birds sanctuary.

I didn’t want to have to do that again, so very slowly, I closed the front door and crept away.

Luckily for me, when I checked later, the racing pigeon had flown on his way.


post script: Yes, I know the water in the bowl looks disgusting, but this bowl is the preferred bird bath used by pigeons in my garden. The ‘dirt’ is all brought there by them. In the back garden there is a perfectly decent proper bird bath, that the Cape Bulbuls prefer, and many bowls on the stoep, that the Olive Thrushes prefer.

Still, once Mr Fancy Pants had left I did fill up the bowl with fresh water again.



20 thoughts on “Bemused Visitor

  1. A Curious Introvert

    Loved the name and photo of Mr. Fancy Pants!πŸ™‚ I’d like to know what goes on with the water bowls since some days it’s so dirty I want to know who’s soaking their dirty feet in the bowl instead of drinking the water.😁 Wonderful poem!πŸ™‚

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  2. Murphy's Law

    He is a beautiful bird indeed! Coloring and markings….So nice to see close up. You sure get some interesting visitors to your garden!!

    Thank you for the post script…..I looked at that bowl and thought “Ewwwww”!! Lol. I wonder why they deposit all that dirt in their drinking water. Well, I see all kinds of birds here swooping down into filthy puddles after a storm, bathing themselves and drinking it, so I guess “to each his own”.
    🐾Ginger 🐾

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      We do get some cool visitors. πŸ™‚
      Yes – that water! It is LM’s water bowl and I was forever having to clean it out and refill it for her, because the pigeons decided it was their bowl! πŸ˜€


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