Hal is now flying solo. His sister Ashby passed away a couple of days ago after falling off the grill onto the porch. Sure, it was only a three inch fall but that’s plenty for a baby pigeon. I believe she may have known she was the runt of the litter and was moving away from the nest to end her time as an earthly pigeon. We do not believe there was any foul play in Ashby’s death - though there was definitely some fowl play during her life.
While Ashby’s energy around the grill is missed, her brother is growing bigger every day with many adult feathers and he’s moving around more - raising up from his legs a bit taller each time I stop by to check on him and his messy, messy bedroom. I’ve learned it takes pigeons about a month to get ready to fly, but we’re encouraging Hal to move on sooner since we have tasty steaks in the freezer which are ready to go on the grill Friday night. It might get too warm for Hal if he isn’t ready to fly away by then.
Stay tuned for the thrilling conclusion of this live action version of The Best Nest!