The White Pigeon

The White Pigeon

Today I had an odd thing happen. I was working in the garage when all of a sudden something slammed into the wall above the garage door. How a bird could mistake a wall for open air I don’t really know. Of course many birds aren’t exactly the sharpest tools in the shed. After all where else would the expression “bird brained” originate? So I walked over to investigate to see the first pigeon visit to our property.

OK so what’s so unusual about a pigeon? We can see them everyday under highway overpasses and in large cities pretty much anywhere you look the aren’t really anything unusual but this one was sporting something interesting.

Just look at his legs and you will see a fine piece of jewelry adorning his ankle. This particular pigeon was tagged by someone this year for the purposes of tracking his movements and migrations. At least I assume that’s the case. I attempted to catch the pigeon multiple times so I could get a better look at that tag around his ankle but I only go a hold of him once. I held him very loosely because I didn’t want to hurt him accidentally and he broke free and flew to freedom. The only bits of information I was able to gather on this pigeon were the numbers 4326 and the year 2009. There were more numbers on the tag but I never really got a good look.

This bird managed to find himself in my garage at least twice, danced on the top of my car, left a present on the car, and ran through the front garden. He was a busy bird, of course he was being chased by a gardener intent on looking at his feet, you’d run too wouldn’t you?

In the end the bird flew off into the trees but he left me wondering where is he going and where did he come from?


Dave has written since 2007. He gardens on an acre and a half where he raises his 5 children. He enjoys growing vegetables, herbs, and propagating plants. Dave works as a real estate agent in Spring Hill, TN.

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  1. How funny to imagine you chasing the pigeon. I wonder if they go back home!!!!

  2. That is interesting, maybe there is some society or something that you could call to inquire at this.

  3. Great story and photos!

  4. I'd try to call someone where you could report even a partial number. Maybe the vet would have more info on this. Some org. or person wants to track this bird. Great story and photos.

  5. It's just too funny imagining you running around after this bird! Cute.

  6. Hi Dave-
    That number & date on the "jewelry" reminded me of A conversation with a gent who was working in our local Hom Depot. He told me about societies that still race pigeons & other birds in N. America and the Middle East(Dubai).Perhaps that pigeon could be a racing bird, who's lost his way?
    I'm not sure who you would contact though (perhaps a vet).
    Just a thought.

  7. Earlier this year, I was in Sedona and watched as a hawk chased a quail right into the window probably five feet from my head. I was picking feathers out of my hair for quite some time.

  8. Lola,

    I'm not sure the way it works but I think they can return back to where they are from.


    I'm curious too but haven't found any info online about pigeon tracking. I probably just haven't looked enough!


    There might be! I'll have to find someone who knows more than I do about birding!

    Thanks Kathi! I'm glad you enjoyed it!

    Thanks Shirley,

    A vet might have some info!

    Shawn Ann,

    You'd be surprised what I'd do for a good story! I was hoping to get a picture with the bird but I couldn't hold onto it long enough.


    I've never heard of racing pigeons before! That's pretty interesting and may be a possibility. I wonder how that works. Maybe with gas prices as unpredictable as they are NASCAR fans will be forced to go for pigeon racing…not likely! 😉


    That was a close encounter! Did the quail make it through its ordeal?

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