Confused birds miss the mark
FOR four days Wolfgang Oetjen has had an unwelcome visitor to his Childers Road property.
A pigeon, which he believes to be a homing bird, has taken up residence in his back yard.
“We have a lake of water in front of us and I feed the ducks and other birds each day and about four days ago I saw the pigeon,” he said.
Mr Oetjen said there was a band on each of the pigeon's legs but he could not get close enough to the bird to read the numbers.
A second homing pigeon has also been found in the Moore Park Beach area.
Rum City Homing Pigeon Club member Neil McMahon said it was not unusual for the birds to be found at this time of year as it they were often raced in the colder months of the year.
“They usually get forced down if they get disorientated by a predator or if they come down looking for a drink of water,” he said.