Cracking a Pigeon Code and Learning to Swim

In this day and age, considering the massive technological code breaking capabilities of now, no-one has been able to crack the note that was stuck to the leg of a dead pigeon from 70 years ago. Mental. Poor dude was found stuffed in a chimney in Surrey. Probably only ducked in there for a bit of shut eye. Hats off though. Daring stuff delivering messages over enemy lines. Not sure there’s many pigeons these days who’d stick a metal box to their foot and fly around Europe dodging bullets on the promise of a leg-over (which was the promise, apparently).

If you fancy giving it a go, here it is:

Really not worth the effort. Probably says something like: ‘If you’re flying over a chimney, don’t go down it if there’s smoke coming out’. Idiot.

Anyway, talking places to kip, it looks like we’re into a winter of sleeping under bridges again. Jesus. The rain has been SO bad I’m considering moving permanently into somewhere with a roof on it. The only snag is, and I know I’m always saying this, but where? Anywhere half decent undercover usually means dodging some sort of spiked obstacle course. Anyone know anywhere dry and risk-free, let me know. And, while we’re at it, can I add warm to the mix seeing as the temperature has dropped today by ten degrees? Cheers.

All this flooding has been bad for us pigeons though. Got talking to Sylvia at Clapham Junction yesterday who’d just evacuated herself from Somerset when conditions became ‘atrocious’.:

“There was no land for ages. Just water. It was everywhere. I’d be learning to swim right now if we didn’t sink. There’s got to be a way to deal with it, especially if water is the future. Ducks can do it. Why can’t we?”

She has a point. Maybe we should be putting some real effort into it instead of saying, ‘Oh. Shame we’re a bird that can’t swim. Never mind’.

It can’t be that hard, surely?

Off tomorrow to chat to some ducks, if I can find one who can string a sentence together that doesn’t send me to sleep.

November 29, 2012. Uncategorized.


  1. joehoover replied:

    What about a pigeon rescue centre. You could feign injury and have a few nights out of the rain and something more nourishing to eat than a chip?

  2. Anika replied:

    A hatoful bird house?

  3. Posh pigeon replied:

    Know what you mean, Posh pigeon here and I have wet feet. I’m not used to wet feet. All the best places are taken here, but I charmed a One footed one and he let me share last night. Thought he’d got lucky, but we ended up just cuddling. This could be the real thing…. Off to raid the bird tables now.

  4. K_tigress replied:

    That code looks like a lot of chicken scratch to me.

    As for rain, its been pretty dry this year. We usually get a lot of rain this time of year. Also its been pretty warm the last few days in the 50 and 60 degree range. Its going to go down hill on Tuesday and get back to freezing Dec weather and the geese know it too as they were talking off a head of time yet again. Stragglers I guess.

  5. Sigg3 replied:

    Thought you’d like this. =NOT A PIGEON, but when a parrot can do it, anyone can!

  6. brideofbird replied:

    In reference to the code:

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