Confident I'd seen it already, but just forgotten to list it, I set off at lunch time towards the Rugby pitches where Niall had said he saw them nesting last year.
Living in the city, you take the presence of Feral pigeons as a given, but move out of the city and they actually become quite scarce.
I met Billy on my walk, and think he was quite amused when having told him in the past where I'd seen a Water Rail, Kingfisher and Teal, I told him I was heading off looking for a feral pigeon, nevertheless, he joined me. So there we both were, me with my binocs and him with his expensive camera and lens, looking for everyone's favourite flying rat.
By the end of lunchtime, believe it or not, neither of us could find one. 'They're sometimes on top of the library building' said Billy, but I had to get back to work, so couldn't keep looking. Stubbornness is a quality I've been gifted with :o) so after work I headed over to the library building and scanned the roof.
Apologies for image quality, these were taken with my pocket camera.
|Hopeful looking grey blob on top of ucd library building|
|Hopeful looking grey blob is indeed a Feral pigeon (although I did wonder if this one was a Stock Dove?)|
|So I took the lift up to take a closer look|
|View over UCD's Arts Bldg. It really is a lot of 1970's concrete isn't it.|
|4 Feral pigeons on top of ucd's Arts Bldg|
|White patches usually diagnostic of a Feral Pigeon|
|Time to stop looking at grey birds, sitting on grey concrete under a grey sky and head home!|