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Hiya.. Thanks for the quick reply.

I am located in Brighton, England.

I'm almost certain that the nest is in the conifer trees at the bottom of our garden but the trees are quite dense and he may struggle to get back into there, so he spends a fair bit of time in our neighbour's tree which overhangs a garden (and where we can keep an eye on him). It's probably quite a safe place too.

It's hard to tell if he's injured though. We always have pigeons in our garden but I've never seen one like this. He looks quite scruffy with a couple of sort of hairless areas around his face but maybe they always look scruffy at this age. It's good to see his parents are close by. And it's good to know that they still get fed after they've left the nest too. Very reassuring. How long should this go on for. I'm sure he only left the nest a couple of days ago as I think we'd have spotted him if he'd been out sooner.....
 

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aw thanks.. just checked out your link and he's a bit more developed that the one in the picture where the tag says 'feeding tips, syringe and balloon'. I wonder, can you remember how old that one was?

Well, if I see him low enough down to be in any danger I'll take him in overnight and then let him out in the morning. However, he's been well out of reach the last 2 nights so at least he should be safe (ish) from predators.

If I do take him in :-

Will he be ok in a cardboard box with straw and paper?
Will he need any food or drink overnight?
Will the parents still love him in the morning?
How long would I need to do this for?
Will I scare him half to death?

Sorry so many questions, but I'm a total novice who just can't stand to see anything suffering...! Especially these beautiful creatures ...
 

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Ah thanks so much.. that's really great of you to give me all that advice.

I'll make a little nesty up for him when I get home then, just in case he needs us tonight.

I hope he's ok. I hope he's flying ok by later on or I won't sleep properly (again!)
 

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Hi Cynthia... aw I can see the picture in your post more clearly this time... Blimey - my one looks very different to that .... much more 'wood pigeon-like' than that, so maybe mine's considerably older, which is good news. Mine looks almost like a grown up wood pigeon except he's more downy and his head is darker grey than the adult and small and out of proportion with his body compared to the adult, and his eyes look quite dark. I would not have know that the bird in your picture was a wood pigeon whereas mine definitely looks like a wood pigeon as an adult (just much fluffier) so I'm guessing my one is much older... I hope so anyway. Cheers again!
 

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He's sitting out there in a really tall tree at the moment totally out of reach... and it's nearly 9pm. There's another pigeon with him, one his parents I guess... is it ok for him to stay out on that branch all night...? surely this is not normal!!
 

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It's a pleasure (albeit very worrying).

I am pleased to say that he's looking a lot better today, and I think he's got a little brother or sister out there with him too. The "kiddies" were up in the same large tree this morning with the parent and the scrawy one, the one I've been worried about, was being fed by the parent. I'm not sure if they spent the whole night up there or whether they made it back to the nest after I'd gone to bed, but they don't seem any the worse for it. And the scrawny one has been flying from branch to branch this morning too, so maybe he's getting the hang of it at last! He's still a bit rubbish at it, but hey, he's just a baby...! what great news.

I just hope they stick around now and use our garden as a base... I would love to see them reach full adulthood and beyond, although I guess they all pretty much look the same as adults. (shame!)

Thanks so much for all your help... What a lovely bunch of people you are! :)
 

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UPDATE.... to those who read this post and to those who helped....

The baby pigeon I was so worried about at the beginning of last week seems to be doing really well now. He spent most of last week in the tall tree in our garden and for a couple of days he never moved from it (well, not that I saw), and I was rather worried. On Friday, I suddenly noticed all the pigeons were gone from the tree so I'm assuming he took off for a proper fly around.

He's flying much better now and much more often, and he and his little brother or sister, to my delight, came down into the garden yesterday and started eating the 'grown up' bird food we normally put out for the others. They're getting bigger and stronger every day and seem to have made the tall tree in our garden into their new home now that they've left the nest in the other trees. He still has a funny grey beak (maybe all the young ones have this? I don't know?) and he's still quite downy and looks like he's wearing fluffy white shorts (!) but I guess it won't be too long before he looks like all the rest.

Thanks again for your advice people... you put my mind at rest last week!
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