August 28th 2014 06:50
Here is yet another wood pigeon. This one is a youngster that sat in my tree one day in the middle of August. I am unsure, but never having seen it before, I estimate it is fresh from its nest - which may very well be located within the tree. From its posture, I am assuming its wings might be unused to their position - perhaps due to being squashed by nest or sibling.
After observing the bird for a few minutes, it did stretch. Amusingly enough, i think it was actually learning ho to stretch. Instead of raising both wings at their shoulder joint, then replacng them and extending one wing and same side leg, which most adult pigeons and doves do, this fellow raised its wings together and then sort of extended a wing, not with a leg, and seemed to totter as if trying to lift a leg - I assume it was as yet unfamiliar with both standing on one leg and pigeon-stretchercises.