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R.I.P. Jesse

R.I.P. Jesse

Jesse, our Lady Gouldian finch, passed on June 26th. We named him Jesse Pryde because of his beautifully colored feathers. And it just happened that June 26th was San Francisco Pride Day. We got Jesse five years ago. He was such a sweet bird who loved to cuddle with Dan and Serena, the society finches. They were a funny little trio. In time Dan and Serena passed and in came Sam and Dean. Unfortunately, these society finches did not share the same affection as Dan and Serena had for him, so poor Jesse was left without any mates. Jesse was aloof toward Olive the canary. Well, I hope that Jesse finds his buddies Dan and Serena and may their spirits soar and chirp happily in the hereafter....

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Johnny and Princess officially meet Fang

Johnny and Princess officially meet Fang

I wanted to wait a week for Johnny and Princess to get acclimated to their new surroundings before having them come out and to introduce them to Fang. But that didn’t stop the mutual curiosity between the cages. Fang would sometimes find himself on the far end of his cage and look into Johnny & […]

I wanted to wait a week for Johnny and Princess to get acclimated to their new surroundings before having them come out and to introduce them to Fang. But that didn’t stop the mutual curiosity between the cages. Fang would sometimes find himself on the far end of his cage and look into Johnny & Princess’ space. And vice versa… So the day finally arrived for a new chapter in their lives. I opened the cage door wide open for Johnny and Princess to explore. I did not want to handle them up as to raise an alarm. The door was left open for about an hour and they had absolutely no interest in coming out. I picked up Fang and placed him inside Johnny and Princess’ cage. These three got along so well! I believe that Fang truly likes having other doves around. Although he enjoyed Elvis and Luigi’s presence, they were so much larger. I’m so happy to see this trio get along so well!...

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Ellen and Fang: A Special Friendship

Ellen and Fang: A Special Friendship

Ever since Ellen entered our lives, I didn’t realize how special pigeons and doves were. These birds always come up with something to totally surprise me. Our old dove Fang is normally a gentle bird who minds his own business and pretty much chill for most of the time. At night he normally sleeps next […]

Ever since Ellen entered our lives, I didn’t realize how special pigeons and doves were. These birds always come up with something to totally surprise me. Our old dove Fang is normally a gentle bird who minds his own business and pretty much chill for most of the time. At night he normally sleeps next to his shelf next to his mirror. The night Luigi was sick and passed away, Fang stood on his log on the opposite side of the cage right next to Luigi the entire night. He’s never done that before or since. It’s as if Fang knew it was Luigi’s last night and was trying to comfort him the only way he could. Usually when when Ellen is off egg duties from Portia and Rebel, he likes to come into the room and perches on top of the cage to gaze out the window. He has always been curious toward Fang and but more so recently after not having Luigi and Elvis in the room. Now Ellen likes to be near Fang. It’s as if Ellen knows Fang is lonely and is trying to offer some companionship. And when given the opportunity for supervised open cage time. Ellen hops right in! There are no signs of aggression or danger. On contrary, Fang is so comfortable with Ellen immediate presence that he completely relaxes to the point of falling asleep. These two are definite buddies. I love these birds and they never cease to amaze me....

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Dolce addio Luigi

Dolce addio Luigi

It all started in June of 2012 when an injured homing pigeon showed up in your backyard. Down the line this self-rescue pigeon would move in with us on his own accord and we would name him Ellen. But that’s many months down the line and not the focus of this story. But at the […]

It all started in June of 2012 when an injured homing pigeon showed up in your backyard. Down the line this self-rescue pigeon would move in with us on his own accord and we would name him Ellen. But that’s many months down the line and not the focus of this story. But at the time Sean and I had no experience with pigeons and had no clue how to proceed. Sean found Elizabeth Young of Palomacy Pigeon and Dove Rescue and reached out to her. Elizabeth provided us with useful information and invited us to attend a Mickacoo Event up in Tiburon. The event was informative and we met a lot of wonderful people and birds. But a couple of pigeons caught our eye. I just remember seeing a very stoic king pigeon and a beautiful fantail pigeon together in a cage. These two were just gorgeous.  Their names were Lola and Luigi. Learning that they were a gay couple endeared them to us even more. When we discovered that they were up for adoption, we jumped at the chance at putting in an application. We were so happy to get the approval. At the time they were being fostered by Jill McMurchy. She graciously drove them all the way up from her home on Labor Day weekend. It was a sheer joy just to watch Lorenzo and Luigi to go through their daily routine. They were so devoted to each other.   And when given a couple of fake eggs, these two doted like expecting parents. A little over a year of having them, we noticed that Lorenzo was limping. Luigi was playing nurse maid to him and was always by his side. Lorenzo had an advanced tumor in his leg. Early on Luigi would always snuggle up against Lorenzo’s leg, as if he knew there was something wrong and was trying to keep that area of his body comfortable. We drove the pair to the vet, where Lorenzo was put to sleep. At the time Sean was holding Luigi. Sean told me that he felt Luigi collapse in his hands the moment Lorenzo passed. Luigi was devastated by the loss of his mate. He would coo sadly alone in the coop. I thought the answer was another pigeon, which was why we adopted Elvis so quickly. Those two were never cozy with each other. The best description would be that they simply co-existed. About a month ago I noticed that Luigi would get out of breath easily when he was out of his cage for exercise time. Also, he was not as perky or adventurous. Oftentimes he would just stay in one spot the entire time....

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Elvis: Heartbreak Hotel

Elvis: Heartbreak Hotel

We’ve noticed in the last couple of weeks that after Luigi flies around during his exercise time outside the cage that he gets out of breath really easily. Also that he’s not as nimble as before. It seems as if Luigi is just getting old. He and Elvis are normally civil toward each other but […]

We’ve noticed in the last couple of weeks that after Luigi flies around during his exercise time outside the cage that he gets out of breath really easily. Also that he’s not as nimble as before. It seems as if Luigi is just getting old. He and Elvis are normally civil toward each other but oftentimes tussle.  Luigi could always hold his own but this past week he was too powerless against Elvis. It’s a good thing that I caught it in time before any real harm could be done. But poor Luigi just stayed flat on the floor defeated and traumatized. After happening a second time, we made the hard decision of letting Elvis go for the sake of Luigi’s safety. His being comfortable and safe in his twilight years is very important in our eye. The Marin Humane Society, where we adopted Elvis, informed us that we could surrender him back to them. Yesterday Elvis was in the travel cage on the road to Marin. I kept looking back at his sweet face. It was really sad to leave him there. Sean was really broken up when we left. In the two and a half years that we’ve had  him, we developed a daily routine with Elvis, which he followed like a good boy. I hope he’s not too confused, scared, or upset at this abrupt change. But the Marin Humane Society is a wonderful facility with amazing staff. I’m sure he’ll settle back in. Plus, pigeons are resilient. Godspeed Elvis. I hope you will find another happy home soon....

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Please Help: A Christmas Treat for Pigeons

Please Help: A Christmas Treat for Pigeons

Dear Friends, Our friends at Palomancy Pigeon and Dove Adoption is over capacity! Please help save birds’ lives by creating a large, munch-needed avaiary at Ploughshares Nursery in Alameda. This new partnership wil save lives while also raising awareness, inspiring compassion & increasing adoptions! PLEASE help us by donating at and sharing this link: https://pigeonrescue-2432.wedid.it Palomacy already […]

Dear Friends, Our friends at Palomancy Pigeon and Dove Adoption is over capacity! Please help save birds’ lives by creating a large, munch-needed avaiary at Ploughshares Nursery in Alameda. This new partnership wil save lives while also raising awareness, inspiring compassion & increasing adoptions! PLEASE help us by donating at and sharing this link: https://pigeonrescue-2432.wedid.it Palomacy already has $1500 in matching donations pledged to help us build this aviary! Your generous helped is needed ASAP to raise the balance so we can move birds in on December 19th!Palomacy has the opportunity to build another much-needed predator and rodent-proof aviary to house pigeons awaiting adoption. Your donation will be doubled by generous matching donations! Each $1 you donate will mean we are $2 closer to meeting our goal! The aviary will be 16′ x 8′ x 8′ and we will pre-build & install it at Ploughshares on Saturday December 19th. You’re invited to help!Palomacy urgently needs more help and foster capacity to serve the unreleasable pigeons of the Bay Area. Smart, gentle, beautiful domestic pigeons need foster and forever homes to avoid being killed in shelters. They are under-served in the animal welfare community despite being bred and used as meat and messengers, for sport, hobby and ceremony, throughout human history and continuing to this day. Pigeons are worthy of adoption just as all homeless companion animals are. People are amazed and transformed when they meet pigeons and very moved by their resilience, adaptability and positive outlook.This aviary, located in a beautiful, positive setting that is open to the community, will offer advantages that our home-based network of foster homes cannot (we don’t have a shelter facility). The birds and our mission will benefit from the heightened awareness offered by a public rather than private location. The birds fostered at a new aviary located at Ploughshares Nursery in Alameda will not only reduce overcrowding in our current foster homes but will also serve as ambassadors, doing pigeon diplomacy and  inspiring adoptions, donations and volunteers as well as greater awareness of birds in shelter/rescue and a kinder understanding of pigeons overall. The aviary will include humane education info & FAQ signage. This partnership promises to: Increase Palomacy’s foster capacity by up to 18 pigeons Introduce gardeners to the life-saving beauty of rescued pigeon aviaries Increase public awareness about birds in shelters and rescues needing homes Increase awareness of and compassion for the plight and potential of pigeons Increase potential for collaboration on workshops, humane education & events Add the attraction of a humane, rescue-based aviary at Ploughshares Increase involvement opportunities for the Ploughshares community Increase collaboration between social justice allies Increase potential adoptions, volunteers and supporters generated Bring delight to Ploughshares’ staff and customers and Palomacy volunteers and adopters...

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