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Another great Pete-Georgie moment this morn -- sorry I can't catch these on film or video. Georgie is in amore mode, so he keeps hopping down into the nest, crowing at Pete until she gets off the eggs, then follows her wherever she goes, looking to play and cuddle. Pete gets off the eggs because she thinks Georgie wants to sit on them. So after a few rounds of this, Georgie went over to Pete and pecked her fairly hard on the back and the top of her head — and it was on! Pete chased him out of the nest and pushed him off the TV. I grabbed George and calmed him down some, then he went back and they started tussling again. Gave Georgie a timeout, then he hopped back into the bedroom and flew up to the nest area again and started cooing and twitching his wing. Then it hit me — poor little fella was trying to kiss Pete, not bite her or harass her. Because of some lingering PMV effects (he had it before I rescued him), his attempt to kiss and preen came off as hostile to Pete, who is in protective mode when she’s on the eggs. This time, he leaned in slowly and lightly put a sweet kiss on Pete and preened her gently. She cooed back and accepted his affection — very sweet.
 

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Shi, Maggie and Treesa -- Yes, never a dull moment with The Cuddlebugs. They are a cute couple, and as I often say, we humans could learn a lot about love from pigeons. It cuts both ways -- Pete will try to give George a kiss and preen after some fussing, and George will pull away, thinking she is trying to peck him. I took a few pics of them cuddling in the nest this morning with my phone -- if they are decent, I will post them.
 
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