Friday, 28 August 2015

Please take only one

Hello Friends,

I have not been on the computer much the last couple of days because we have a new, absolutely adorable and irresistible family member - Sebastian, the ragdoll kitten. Tonight Sebastian fell asleep in front of a sign that I made for a recent conference at our church.
He also wants to have this little fairy read him a story, along with all the other wee critters.
And here is a video of our first two rescued pigeons - Love and Grace. We put them in their outdoor shelter about 3 weeks ago. The first night we had an unexpected storm. Grace must have thrashed about and she injured her wing. We didn't realize that until August 13th when we opened the shelter to let them go free. We wanted them to acclimate to the space for a couple of days before releasing them so they would know how to return to their safe haven. Love flew beautifully, but Grace was barely able to brace her fall to the ground.

Love has been flying all over the neighbourhood, returning every 2-3 days to visit Grace and refuel. Terry made a ramp for Grace so she can leave her shelter and get back to it by herself. Yesterday morning we found Grace on the window sill just below her shelter. We wondered how she had gotten there and surmised that she must have flown up to it. Later that day Terry took a video of both birds. Love flew up to Grace's ramp as though encouraging her. Then she flew off the ramp and glided to the ground. That is the best we have seen her fly since her injury. Watch the video below to see them in action.
Terry is drawing up plans to extend the pigeon habitat along the back of the garage. He is going to fence it in with chicken wire and add a lower shelter with a ramp going to it to assist any birds that cannot fly. He will leave the space above the upper shelter open to the side of the garage, with a landing platform. That will allow the flighted birds access to the outside, while keeping the unflighted pigeons safe. The enclosure will give them space to flap their wings and practice flying. They won't be able to get up to the outer access space until they can fly well enough to leave and return on their own. I have two more pigeons inside at this time. One is blind in one eye and the other is a baby. We are hoping to get the new shelter and enclosure built before the cooler weather sets in. Then we can move the two other pigeons there.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have enjoyed my critter posts. :)

Hugs & smiles,
Teresa

7 comments:

Valerie-Jael said...

Your cat is adorable. Glad the pigeons are doing well, lovely video! Hugs, Valerie

Desire Fourie said...

Teresa, Sabastian is just so adorable and I can see he has already stolen numerous hearts. Its wonderful what you and Terry do for the birds. Wishing you a wonderful weekend xxx
Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

Dr Sonia S V said...

Your Sebastian looks adorable...good to know why you are busy!!

Cheers
Dr Sonia
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Angela Hoynes said...

Sebastian is just gorgeous xx Did you finish all those tags you were making? Animals and birds give us so much pleasure.

NanaConnie said...

I love your 'critter' posts, Teresa. Has it ever occurred to you that God's blessings for his animals flow right through you and out your finger tips? I'm sure you and Terry together are a big part of God's plan to make sure his small creatures are safe and warm. :-D

Patricia St Martin said...

I'm so glad you have a friend to be by your side. Mine are always where ever I go all I need to do is look and they are in the same room, never far. Sebastian is so adorable and love all the pictures. Birds are my other thing I love to do and you are a special person to care for them and Terry is great to be so helpful. They will do fine and the shelter will be so nice for them this winter. Nice video. My girlfriend and I go for walks by the lake and woody area looking for the different kinds of birds.
Hugs, Pat♥

Penny said...

Great post, Teresa! Love the photos and the video. What a wonderful thing to rescue those birds! :^)
Hugs, Penny