Rood donkey steals pigeon’s supper

The pigeon first appeared on Saturday morning, sitting in a corner of the donkeys’ stable. Since it didn’t move at first I assumed it was injured. It would certainly get injured if it was stood on by a donkey, so I carried it out and sat it on a barrel next to the donkeys’ food tubs. I thought it might recover after a good feed and fly away.


However, the pigeon stayed all day on the donkey field and had fun and games being chased by Aitana and Morris. At one point the pigeon went for a short ride sitting on Rubí’s back.  The only donk not to welcome the pigeon was Matilde, probably because she saw the pigeon as more competition for her food.

At the end of Saturday the pigeon flew up to my house and roosted all night on the balcony. That has now been the pattern for the past three days and the pigeon is still here.  Let’s go and see the pigeon…

While the donkeys are eating their supper, I try to find out more about our new guest, but the mysterious visitor gives nothing away. There are rings on both legs but they only have numbers, and while they presumably mean something to pigeon racing afficionados, they mean nothing to me.

Feed time for donks and bird.  The sound of merry munching goes on for some time.

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But as usual, Matilde is first to finish. She decides not to steal food from Morris, or she will get a good kicking. It is easier to mug the pigeon.

Happily, the evening food fight is now over. The pigeon has returned to roost outside my bedroom window, seen here as evening light fades and mist rises on the great Jurassic rock of Puig Campana. A rather distinguished looking pigeon. Does anyone know how to identify racing pigeons by their numbers?



Bruvver Eccles suggests I should start training the pigeon to pull the donkey cart, but I am sure Ryanair would soon put a stop to that competition.




About Gareth Thomas

After a mixed career as an aircraft technician, London fringe theatre playwright, Franciscan friar, and secondary school teacher, I find myself looking after the needs of four donkeys in a remote location in the mountains in the Costa Blanca. I like to listen to BBC Radio 4 and the wind in the pine trees. I am writing a comedy about a school in Benidorm. My favourite film of all time is "Jean de Florette". If I had my time again I would not have spent the early 1970s working for Special Branch.
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5 Responses to Rood donkey steals pigeon’s supper

  1. gracem says:

    you have a wonderful way with pigeons, and donkeys!

  2. Frere Rabit says:

    The pigeon has taken up residence outside my bedroom window and has now roosted there since Saturday. Seems to respond to being stroked and makes appropriate appreciation noises. Not sure if it is a good idea to provide a nesting box.

  3. Alys says:

    He is a very distinguished pigeon! Interesting markings. Perhaps he was drawn to Morris’ parrot features? I hope he stays!

  4. Tom Fisher says:

    What a wonderful post. Thank you for providing a quiet, sometimes joyful,and peaceful space in the often bad tempered Catholic blogo-whats-it.

    God Bless

  5. Frere Rabit says:

    Thank you, Tom. I have also at times played my full part in the “bad tempered Catholic blogo-whats-it” (mea culpa), so I accept your praise of my peaceful donkey space with due humility.

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