160816 Hawk attacked birds on railing

THE HAWK skimmed  one foot above my shoulder like a missile yesterday... aimed 6 feet in front of me at my 4 pigeons sitting peacefully on the deck railing. There was an explosion of birds flying to escape the hawk and in 1/4 second the hawk had vanished thru the lilacs... not a bird left on the railing It was over in an micro-second. I ran down to the patio, where my white Homer Pigeon 2.5, had smashed herself into the house trying to get away and she  got wedged into some folded lawn chairs and was stuck... I picked her up, no blood, she was ok, just very frightened. I looked for the other three. Newbie and Sue-ez had flown away but had quickly returned to the railing, they were ok too.
. . BABY Khufu however, was nowhere to be found. It appeared that the hawk had snatched him right off the railing and flew away with him. Over and over we searched everywhere, all the tiny hiding places, etc... and searched the neighbors yards. Khufu had vanished. We searched and searched for 3 hours. . . . . Khufu had been having so much fun, flying repeatedly to my arm, shoulder, and head... I love that little bird. Now it was clear that he was gone. I gave up the search and sat on the couch and cried...
. . But then, more than 3 hours later, Karen discovered Sue-ez (Khufu's mother) sitting on the playhouse in the far back of the yard, with another bird... I ran out and yes, it was Khufu, looking as good as usual.
. . Apparently Khufu DID fly away, far away? but even at 7 weeks old he managed to find his way back home. Khufu followed me to the deck, then onto my arm and we went inside and I hugged him for a long time . . He/She's fine ~:<)
 . It appears that the white Homer, 2.5, had been the target, but 2.5 has been attacked many times and is experienced at not getting killed.
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Just two weeks earlier the same happened but we were not home to witness it... baby Khufu was hiding in a window well and the others were gone. Sue-ez eventually returned an hour later, but Cleopatra did not... That's when I lost my sweet loving Cleopatra Egyptian Swift.
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Almelund Thrashing Show, Flea Market with Simon PIgeon..

An annual family event, ... Threshing show, Booth at the Flea Market.
Simon loves adventure of any kind. He's such a great traveler, never complains about anything, always enjoys himself ~:<)

 Simon Pigeon wanted to see everything (except fleas)

 Simon was the most expensive item at the Flea Market (Nobody offered).

 Everyone wants to pet Simon. ... Got petted about every 10 minutes for 2 days.... was in many selfie photos too.

 Simon had to check out the 7 rows of tractors. He found a red one he liked.

Simon complained that there was no toilet paper.

 He looked and looked, ... ... there were no trains ~:<(

 Simon was hoping his favorite red tractor would win the tractor pulling contest ~:<)

Simon wanted a drink of water.. Didn't know which valve to open.

 Simon says..... he could fly faster than this 1921 Ford Model-T Touring
(I had one identical to this 1921 Model-T except mine was nice and shiny).

 Simon was SURE he could escape from this jail.

 Simons favorite red tractor, ... a Cockshutt.

 Simon checks out a school bus from early 1900's

 He checked out all the equipment, ... many questions ~:<)

 Near the end of the day Simon needed to sit for a while.

 Simon got SOOooooooooooo many hugs from strangers over the weekend. ... little kids just couldn't resist petting Simon. Everyone wanted selfies while holding Simon ~:<)

 Finally at the end of the day, time to relax.
Simon loves Van Camping too. .
Next day when we got home, Simon took an all day nap ~:<)

Simon thought maybe Dean Haehnel could use this for his boat ? ... ... ~:<)


160810 Khufu first real flight, bath, fell


                                              160810 Khufu first real flight

A Tough lesson learned.  Baby Khufu's (Coofoo) first "real" flying today at 6 wks old. Successfully from pole barn roof to house roof (100') then to the deck railing to take a bath.  . . . Surprise, ... when he tried to fly, he discovered that wet birds do not fly as well as dry birds. He fell (fluttered) down 8' to the patio, uninjured.
He's in the house with me now, drying out.
Khufu is a 6 week old Egyptian Swift Pigeon.

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Video - 160810e 2731 Pigeon 6wk baby 1at real flight bath Khufu Edited.avi
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