To throw water over a pigeon I've just spray painted?

(203 Posts)

Stay with me.

Just started to spray paint a fence panel, must have startled poor pidge behind fence as it flapped up maniacally. I had a bit of a scream...whilst holding spray trigger.

Pidge is now half 'oak brown', sitting in tree. Can't quite tell if he's ok, not giving much away with facial expression.

Have googled "accidentally painted a pigeon" with disappointingly unresourceful results.

So, should i just chuck water at it & hope it comes off?? Turps would seem a little extreme.

Proudnscary Fri 04-May-12 14:23:55

YANBU for one of best thread names I've ever read

YABU for potentially traumatising and toxifying an innocent bird

Geranium3 Fri 04-May-12 14:24:27

no idea i'm afraid, poor mr pidge, shouldn't chuckle but we do get up to mischief on mumsnet!

Bloodybridget Fri 04-May-12 14:24:32

What sort of paint was it? If oil-based, water won't improve things.

AgentZigzag Fri 04-May-12 14:25:28

If anyone saw you spray paint the poor bird, I think chucking a load of water over it isn't going to endear you to them grin

Cross your fingers for rain?

trixymalixy Fri 04-May-12 14:25:33

I would maybe phone the rspb and ask their advice. Terrible to laugh, but this made me chuckle.

CrispyCod Fri 04-May-12 14:26:26

Oh poor poor birdy. Yes, ring the RSPB.

It was an accident! I've also got some on neighbours lovely acer, going to have to knock and fess up. Pigeon's getting the blame though.

NorbertDentressangle Fri 04-May-12 14:27:12

Spray paint then water? That pigeons not having a good day is it?

Selyna Fri 04-May-12 14:27:31

imagine him going back to his birdy friends and they are like "Paul? Is that you?"

Nor sure. Might be best before it gets its beak stuck in.
That said, do you think you'd stand a chance?

CrispyCod Fri 04-May-12 14:28:10

Selyna that is hilarious grin

It's not funny
You are condoning cruelty

Selyna Fri 04-May-12 14:28:48


Ok I can't keep this up I am utterly pmsl at that comment

AgentZigzag Fri 04-May-12 14:29:12

You're living dangerously posting in AIBU given how the last pigeon thread went on chat shock

Selyna Fri 04-May-12 14:29:23

Oh come off it. No I am not.

NorbertDentressangle Fri 04-May-12 14:29:34

He might get mistaken for that spray tan lady thats in the news at the moment (...or Peter Andre)

Mrsmuppethead Fri 04-May-12 14:29:34

I don't think the pigeon is going to be your biggest fan..if it can't fly, catch it and wash it, if it can then don't worry!

Selyna Fri 04-May-12 14:29:43

Oh blush

grin I am still going
<wipes eyes>

Just read tin - says "wax enriched and water repellant." That's not good is it.

Tiago Fri 04-May-12 14:32:05

If you can grab it I'd take it to a local vet. Feel free not to fess up. They will hopefully be able to clean it up.

<<sniggers at the mental image your description brought up>>

idontbelieveanymore Fri 04-May-12 14:33:23

That bird will be terribly grateful - he will stay naice and warm and dry in this horrible weather we are having.

You did it a favour. Maybe start up a bird spraying service???

BlueRinse Fri 04-May-12 14:33:33

You have done Paul a favour, he can now sit on any oak brown fence and not be seen by puddycats!

Well he made it to tree ok, didnt notice whether there was restricted flapping. He's still there. Blimey I feel guilty, might pass him a worm or his own special fat ball or something.

Have googled "accidentally painted a pigeon" with disappointingly unresourceful results

This is the funniest statement I have read in ages.


ripsishere Fri 04-May-12 14:34:26

I am sniggering, but lip curling too. I hate and fear birds in equal measure. I'd jsut wait for it to fall off its perch.

eurochick Fri 04-May-12 14:35:07

At least it was brown paint. Imagine the embarrassment in pigeon land if it had been bright pink or something.

redexpat Fri 04-May-12 14:35:47

Do you live on Pigeon Street?

LadyMontdore Fri 04-May-12 14:35:58

I think the pigeon has had its first and last spray tan. Please don't take a pigeon to the vets, they are pests, and not worth spending money on. Could you put it out of i's (potential) misery somehow - boomerang?

Actually LOL'd at a thread for the first time ever! Thank you!

Well at least little Paul will be ok when it rains now...

AnAirOfHope Fri 04-May-12 14:36:12

PMSL you should get a mn award for best thread title.

The poor bird might be thinking "what did i do? First paint and then water - she must be pigionist. Im going to tell my birdy mates about her"

i wouldnt hang the washing out for a week or two birds take a long time to get over things like this.

GinPalace Fri 04-May-12 14:37:00

Bluerinse grin

I feel guilty for finding this funny.

If you can't catch it though not much you can do - it may have helped rid the vermin pidge of a few fleas

He'll be the envy of all his pigeon friends.

Rindercella Fri 04-May-12 14:37:25

I love threads like this on MN. Titles like "AIBU To throw water over a pigeon I've just spray painted", followed by Selyna's hilarious post are just priceless grin

crowface Fri 04-May-12 14:37:45

I wonder if this is what keeps happening to David Dickinson, there's not a tanning product on earth that could produced his rich mahogany tones.

Don't worry, it'll probably get a job presenting an antiques auctioning programme....

GinPalace Fri 04-May-12 14:38:30

Stop! Stop! My sides are hurting!!!!

travellingwilbury Fri 04-May-12 14:38:31

Nothing to add but grin

idontbelieveanymore Fri 04-May-12 14:38:33

You may find he will fly down and ask you to do the rest because the rest of his friends thought that is took years off him grin

Still guilt-ridden, but love the fact he's got a name. Sorry Paul!

Rindercella Fri 04-May-12 14:40:02

"I wonder if this is what keeps happening to David Dickinson"

Christ, I'd do a fuck of a lot more that spray some paint over him if David Dickinson popped up from behind my garden fence! shock

brilliant title OP

travellingwilbury Fri 04-May-12 14:41:27

I keep thinking about poor Paul the pigeon in little paper pants blush

I need help grin

GinPalace Fri 04-May-12 14:41:42

Oh Reeaally Rindercella !! <mind boggles> <snurk>

PandaWatch Fri 04-May-12 14:42:45

Good job you don't live in Australia... link!

crowface Fri 04-May-12 14:43:24

Rindercella Big grin:

Rindercella Fri 04-May-12 14:43:56

Arf! I was thinking I would be thwacking him over the head rather than anything else Gin grin

PandaWatch Fri 04-May-12 14:44:20

To be fair though, if he managed to fly off, I'm sure he'll be fine. Plus he's now better camoflaged!

David dickinson's gonna get laaaaaid. wink

BBisTitanium Fri 04-May-12 14:44:54

I am actually about to do a laugh-wee! Poor paul maybe the colour will bring out his eyes?

crowface Fri 04-May-12 14:44:56

Balls got that wrong didn't I!! blush grin

Rindercella Fri 04-May-12 14:47:23

Not by me he ain't shock grin

crowface Fri 04-May-12 14:48:15

I'm quite enjoying the surrealness of David Dickinson being mixed in this thread. Someone mentioned if he could fly off he's probably ok. Now expecting to see David Dickinson feeding off my bird table.


GinPalace Fri 04-May-12 14:48:42

Is this him?

He looks a bit shocked to me

Oh no AnAirOfHope - do you think there'll be some revenge strike? Am i going to be sytematically pooed on by Pauls's friends and relatives? Will I live in a Hitcock nightmare??

Paul's still there.

Guilty and scared.

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

ILikeTrains Fri 04-May-12 14:50:26

I wonder if he'll fly off to join the dog that got thrown up on the other day?

AgentZigzag Fri 04-May-12 14:52:27

. grin at gin

crowface Fri 04-May-12 14:53:36

Oh I missed the dog thread. My husband once pee'd in one of our dogs' eyes though.

crowface - you must explain how

crowface Fri 04-May-12 14:54:51

*Accidentally. Obviously. Blimey

crowface Fri 04-May-12 14:58:02

Haha, he was marking his territory (every time we walk the dogs it seems that hubby needs to pee) and one of our dogs is rather nosey and went to see what he was up to and ran in front of the stream as it were. I don't know who was more shocked tbh.

StepAwayFromTheEcclesCakes Fri 04-May-12 14:58:48

you should be fine cos everyone goes to Pauls to poo.

ILikeTrains Fri 04-May-12 14:58:55

can't stop laughing at that....poor dog

PandaWatch Fri 04-May-12 15:00:14

I've been trying so hard not to snort with laughter reading this but crowface has done me in! grin

Right, Paul moved branches.

Good sign that he can move, but bad sign if he wanted to move further (away from trigger-happy ol' me) but couldn't because he's covered in feckin paint.

crowface Fri 04-May-12 15:01:10

Yes I laughed rather a lot at the time. It was something in her bemused expression...

redrubyshoes Fri 04-May-12 15:01:47

Ask it if the product does exactly what is says on the tin?

PandaWatch Fri 04-May-12 15:02:45

Exactly how much of Paul has been David Dickinson'd? Can you take a picture?

LimburgseVlaai Fri 04-May-12 15:02:54

Things that happen to dogs: here

EXmrsmascarahead Fri 04-May-12 15:04:16

This has to be one of the best threads of the year, the title alone should qualify it for classics.

hairylemon Fri 04-May-12 15:04:24

I spilled poo

CaptainHetty Fri 04-May-12 15:06:36

The acronym 'PMPL' has never seemed so apt right now. After 3 children and at 4 months pregnant it's beginning to seem a distinct possibility.

Poor Paul...


hairylemon Fri 04-May-12 15:07:02

Gah stupid phone.

I spilled poo on our dog only last week. Was emptying Ds's shit filled potty into the loo and it splashed back onto the dogs face. She didn't speak to me for ages

ILikeTrains Fri 04-May-12 15:09:32

Thank God for that Hairy...I seriously assumed you'd gone one step beyond from pmsl!

crowface Fri 04-May-12 15:10:35

hairylemon I thought 'I spilled poo' was your statement of how funny you were finding this thread, like a weird one upmanship from pissing yourself. Kinda relieved that it's not actually.

hairylemon Fri 04-May-12 15:10:39


millimurphy Fri 04-May-12 15:11:14

Read the label on the tin - if it says toxic or hazardous anywhere you have probably left a pigeon to a slow and painful death.

grinhairylemon. First post especially.

Off to get DCs, Paul does now have pigeon company. Let's call him Dave. Hopefully Dave is a friend or close relation that won't mock the afflicted.

Hopefully I won't return to dead pigde on me lawn.

hairylemon Fri 04-May-12 15:11:59

Oh ffs

[Grin] even

Darling phone

hairylemon Fri 04-May-12 15:12:54

Farking phone


EXmrsmascarahead Fri 04-May-12 15:13:48

Hairy may i give you piece of advice?

Give up NOW! grin

entropygirl Fri 04-May-12 15:14:59

If this doesn't make the talk round up then I will never read it again!

PandaWatch Fri 04-May-12 15:16:22

hairylemon stop! I can't take it anymore! I'm literally shaking at my desk trying to contain my laughter and I've just had to pretend I was having a coughing fit to cover the laughter-snorts that escaped!

Kewcumber Fri 04-May-12 15:18:11

hairylemon - you are my hero

<<wipes eyes>>

Kewcumber Fri 04-May-12 15:19:29

Surely Paul's buddy should be called Peter?

hairylemon Fri 04-May-12 15:22:26

I was so bloody smug when I got this phone aswell and havent really used it to post. Now I know why

Yup - defo Peter, as long as he leaves first.

Kewcumber Fri 04-May-12 15:23:27

Yeah the phone. Its the phone's fault...

Kewcumber Fri 04-May-12 15:24:03

Well Paul can't fly away at all can he - given brown waxy encrustation?

AnAirOfHope Fri 04-May-12 15:24:08

Lol he is waiting for you to "make ameneds" and has called in reenforcements in case you dont.

If you hear tapping on your bedroom window in the small hour of day - DO NOT OPEN THE WINDOW.

Paul and Dave will get you <spooky hithcock music>

You think his feet are stuck to the branch?

entropygirl Fri 04-May-12 15:27:35

Peter is probably flapping madly, all the way to the coin operated sunbeds.....

bruxeur Fri 04-May-12 15:27:54

You waxed your pigeon?

It is Friday, I suppose. Bit early though.

He's probably getting legal advice. Do you have legal cover on house insurance?

PuffofSmoke Fri 04-May-12 15:30:26

I'll take your spay painted pigeon and raise you a crayola'd boxer? See profile picture. Wrote to crayola questioning why their washable pens don't wash off animal fur. Still waiting for a reply.

At least Paul will be waterproof for the next 5 years....

EXmrsmascarahead Fri 04-May-12 15:31:16

Have you tried buffing him up? Bit of elbow grease and you should get a good shine, stick him on a bird table and you've got yourself a 'life' like ornamental garden feature.

OrmIrian Fri 04-May-12 15:31:30

Oh lordy! Don't know about pidge but I'll bet the neighbours pissed off with you about his acer.... oops.

hairylemon Fri 04-May-12 15:35:33

There once was a Pigeon called Paul
Whos wings were not waterproof at all
One fine day
Ronseal was sprayed
And now Paul cant fly at all, because of OP, the cow.

Am back on laptop now or god knows how that would have turned out [grun]

Rindercella Fri 04-May-12 15:38:04

I am roaring at this thread. Most especially Hairy's typos grin Or in Hairy's words, [grun]

crowface Fri 04-May-12 15:40:07

I like mobile hairylemon! [grun] wink

monicamary Fri 04-May-12 15:40:45

Watch out he might come back with his mates for a revenge attack-a squadron of dive bombing pigeons!wink

WandaDoff Fri 04-May-12 15:43:09

I'm still PMSL at "Paul, is that you?"

PandaWatch Fri 04-May-12 15:45:19

I've found Paul - better run and hide OP!

People on the train are looking at me like this hmm because I am snorting [grun] grin

AnAirOfHope Fri 04-May-12 15:46:11

"yes, some fucker spray painted me"

PandaWatch Fri 04-May-12 15:47:41

Dammit - that was meant to be "I've found Peter". Still the same link though

DeathByChocolate01 Fri 04-May-12 16:04:13

Is anybody else thinking about the Friends episode when Ross gets a spray tan? "I'm an EIGHT!" grin Do you think you'd be able to catch him and get him to a vet?

TrinityRhino Fri 04-May-12 16:22:53

This is hilarious grin I would be feeling so guilty if I had done it. grin

How you feeling? <snigger>

Don't feel too bad if it dies you'll have a nice stuffed pigeon stuck to the tree with paint to look at.

And I'm guessing the paint is somewhat preserving so he'll be there for aaagggeeessssss grin

TrinityRhino Fri 04-May-12 16:23:26

That friends episode was brilliant grin

Future generations will dig him up and marvel in horror at how people in the early 21c thought spray painting birds to use as garden ornaments was acceptable.

KnottyLocks Fri 04-May-12 16:30:20

I think Paul's just weighing up his options:

a) return to the mocking taunts of his pidgey pals

b) bugger off to Benidorm to even out the 'tan'

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 04-May-12 16:34:01

Sorry, but [grun]

melika Fri 04-May-12 16:35:53

Seriously, he should be ok. Don't worry too much pidgies have a habit of surviving most things. Now put it to the back of you mind!

(I love my pidgies that come for brekkie every morning, I call them my airbuses!)

Loving [grun]


ChuffMuffin Fri 04-May-12 16:38:14

This thread grin

Honestly though, it should be alright.

hairylemon Fri 04-May-12 16:38:25

Im getting rid of that phone, it tried to autocorrect [h mm] into [ham] [grun]

OP is the pidge still there? I wonder if when the paint dries it will freeze it into position sad (or [sod] as my phone would probably autocorrect [ham])

KnottyLocks Fri 04-May-12 16:52:22

<snort> at Hairy [grun]

SecretNutellaFix Fri 04-May-12 16:56:07

I am howling at this thread.

ThatVikRinA22 Fri 04-May-12 17:03:59

oh dear....

seems a little pointless to google spraypainted pigeons unless you managed to catch it....

i have wacky races "catch the pigeon" running through my head...

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 04-May-12 17:07:06

as in this song?!!

Here [grun]

I keep thinking about the woodpecker in Bagpuss, Professor Yaffle....

ThatVikRinA22 Fri 04-May-12 17:12:27

thats the one rather grin

Psammead Fri 04-May-12 17:12:38

What are those people called who make themselves up so one side of their face and body looks female, and the other male?

That's what you have cursed the pigeon comminity with, Op. Third rate entertainment. Oh look there's Paul the pigeon, oh! But wait! It's Paula the gigantic sparrow!

There will be no stopping them now. Music hall, stand up, carry on films, give it a couple of decades and we'll have pigeon mime. <shudder>

Pigeon miming flying
Pigeon miming pecking
Pigeon miming getting blasted upside the head with ronseal....

PandaWatch Fri 04-May-12 17:14:03

Blimey, there's a thread over in the doghouse about a man who wants to murder cull a load of pigeons with antifreeze! Paul should count himself lucky!

40notTrendy Fri 04-May-12 17:15:10

The funniest end to my working week in a long time. Still giggling at the googling. grin. Thank you!

TrinityRhino Fri 04-May-12 17:19:14

'upside the head with ronseal' gringringringringrin

JustFab Fri 04-May-12 17:19:36

I just googled how to get fence paint off pigeon and inexplicably nothing relevant came up.

TheMightyMojito Fri 04-May-12 17:31:04

Take it to San Francisco.

Selyna Fri 04-May-12 17:32:05

I can't believe I have inadvertently named a spray painted pigeon...

lucyellensmumnamechange Fri 04-May-12 17:39:19

grin how funny

Seriously though - not more you can do unless you can catch it, then if you do, wash with cheapo washing up liquid and rinse rinse rinse.

CoffeeBucks Fri 04-May-12 17:39:37

I tried for minutes to hold in my giggles on the train, but I couldn't keep a straight face by the time I'd got a few pages in. Love this thread!

Don't worry, he'll be back to fake-limping around the bird table like the ex-leper in life of brian... Only now he'll have a convincing skin complaint to gain sympathy.

Sorry had to do motherly things away from pigeon-maiming.

Paul update - he's gone. Tell me that's good. Please tell me that means he's all completely and utterely and totally fine and healthy and will live long and see his grandpigeons grow up.

And I've checked the garden for pigeon corpses, none so far.

Actually is it too late to nominate pigeon-maiming for the MN olympics?

crowface Fri 04-May-12 19:35:33

Hang on a minute, isn't this thread the plot of an episode of Noel Fielding's Luxury Comedy? Could just imagine a character called Cuprinol Pigeon who bonds with David Dickinson over their shared loves of Oak Brown, antiques and bread crumbs.

KnottyLocks Fri 04-May-12 19:46:23

Paul is probably having a laugh at your expense whilst knocking back Special Brew in the park with his pecky pals.

or --maybe --he dissolved

Dozer Fri 04-May-12 20:02:45

RIP Paul.

ThatVikRinA22 Fri 04-May-12 20:13:29

oh dear, im afraid unless you had managed to catch poor old paul he may come to a sticky end, im not sure he will be able to maintain his condition very well.

Gauchita Fri 04-May-12 20:22:00

Oh dear, trying to dreamfeed DS while reading this thread has been challenging...

Poor ol' Paul, though. Selyna, you made me snort with laughter grin

OP, Paul's fine albeit a bit traumatised

CleanHankie Fri 04-May-12 20:28:42

Well if you ever see a pigeon on your fence in the next week or so, wearing some acorn cups over his eyes and an old tennis ball over his head, you know he needs a re-spray.

And if we hear of a Red Squirrel revival in the UK next season, we'll know you opted for "Autumn Copper" on your fence instead

Just caught up with all the posts. Now I don't think you're all taking this seriously are you.

Although I do like to think Paul is off to star in a new Carry On film.

With David Dickinson.

Des O'Connor on Would I Lie To You. That's what Paul looked like (well half of him anyhow.)

peanutbutter38 Fri 04-May-12 20:44:01

lol, this thread is too funny!
I had an accidental mishap with a bird. Well, a swan actually. Several months ago. I was showing dd1 how to skim stones on a lake and I swear I didn't notice the swan, when I skimmed a stone and it bounced right off his head.
In my defence, I stuck around for a while to make sure the swan wasn't concussed or in shock or something like that. It was fine. I hope

Intrum Fri 04-May-12 20:49:51

Throw water over it???? Are you in the one and only part of Britain where it's not raining? Now that's bad luck.

We had a dribble of rain before Intrum, but paint is water repellant i've since found, rendering that question redundant really!

AIBU to think the fact its called "Ducksback" paint could condone painting a bird??

ThatVikRinA22 Fri 04-May-12 21:53:57

swans are protected in law you know peanut.....i am still cross with dh who, told me once that aged 10, he caught one on a fishing line on the norfolk broads, panicked and threw it back. I felt unreasonably angry with him considering it was 35 years ago and he was just a kiddiwink....grin

ISpilledPoo Sat 05-May-12 00:14:13

Namechanged in honour of Hairy

Ratbagcatbag Sat 05-May-12 00:34:57

Actually cryin with laughter at this thread. It took me four attempts to relay it to DH between snorts and tears of laughter.

Ratbagcatbag Sat 05-May-12 00:35:31

Crying. Even. Typical thing doesn't autocorrect the onetime I want it too

NicNocJnr Sat 05-May-12 01:11:02

Lol, one of my favourite threads ever - crying!

In all seriousness if he can fly he'll be fine. As ronseal dries there aren't the worries about ingestion like there is with oil. Although the feathers will be stiff they aren't deformed and he'll compensate withno probs until his next shed which won't be too long. No cause for alarm. or no harm, no fowl ( sad that's the best I acn do sad ) Poor old Paul - and poor you having to apologise for vandalising an acer! smile

GlowingDerriere Sat 05-May-12 01:46:32

A shed?

He hasn't even got over the fence experience yet...

MyBaby1day Sat 05-May-12 04:00:29

To the person who laughed, animal cruelty is NEVER accpetable! angry. Just hope YOU don't come back as a pidgeon!. Hope he's o.k. O.P x

NicNocJnr Sat 05-May-12 04:22:44

GlowingDerriere - Don't laugh, ronseal is a well known gateway drug. Paul will get to a point where one fence just isn't enough - sheds, goodness knows maybe even warehouses. Let's just share the hope that OP doesn't have any timber decking...

Ratbagcatbag Sat 05-May-12 12:37:57

Laughed mybaby1day I was sobbing and couldn't breathe, obviously I wouldn't go around spray painting pidgeons, and the OP is worried, but it is funny!!!

fuzzpig Sat 05-May-12 12:48:40

Convulsing with laughter at Have googled "accidentally painted a pigeon"

I was skimming stones on Brighton beach once when a seagull actually dive bombed into a stone mid flight. It continued flying (the seagull I mean) but not in a straight line blush DH still taunts me about it 8 years on!

Why are we calling him Paul, when clearly he should be named Ross after the spray tan episode of Friends?

shushpenfold Sat 05-May-12 12:55:17

Could you not add some red to its tummy and pretend it's a really big robin.

McKayz Sat 05-May-12 13:03:18

This has to be the funniest thread I've ever read. So so funny!!!

Poor Paul.

Babieseverywhere Sat 05-May-12 13:36:31

Thank you, I really needed a laugh and this thread really hit the spot. smile

BerryMojito Sat 05-May-12 14:58:11

Funniest thing I have ever read on MN! Have been told off by DD for laughing psychotically grin . I think it was the oversized 'Peter' that nearly killed me off...

Just off to finish that fence panel. Wish me luck. wink

fuzzpig Sat 05-May-12 15:59:56

You'd best (I actually wrote nest then, Freudian slip much?) send out some kind of alarm call.

Cacaw! Cacaw! Spray painter in the area <sirens>

BrainSurgeon Wed 09-May-12 15:39:49

<holds sides> be careful out there OP in case Paul is looking to get his revenge

I have been grunning about this thread all day and I need to know...

Was Paul (rest in the same position for eternity) a...wood pigeon?

He is now grin

RobinSparkles Wed 09-May-12 17:46:11

I can't believe I missed this thread! I've just been crying with laughter especially at "is that you, Paul" grin


toofattorun Wed 09-May-12 17:54:34

Haha! I prefer your first attempt hairylemon!

lolajane2009 Wed 09-May-12 18:12:38

lol the giant robin comment has finished me off tbh

WildWomanOBorneo Sat 12-May-12 09:49:51

Note the lack of empathy in the original post and in many of the responses. Would the story be the same had the bird been a robin or a blackbird? How did the writer feel as the bird would have desperately tried to preen itself, and presumably as a safety conscious mum, she was already aware of the paint composition. Last week as I drove under a motorway bridge in heavy traffic we were moved to see a group of young people anxiously looking up at a pigeon frantically caught on the spikes high under the bridge. The predicament was unfortunate for the pigeon and unpleasant to see it struggle to free itself and I doubt that given their obvious concerns, they would be broadcasting their story. Does the storyline of the bird that changed colour rather than the bird that was trapped make it any more acceptable for comments such as many as those here. The bird still suffered. I wonder for how long? Could it fly, or did it flap around the ground until a cat got it? What did she tell her children? I was surprised it was on mumsnet e mail, which is why I am leaving now. Learn from today's young people, they have insight and empathy to the well being of all living creatures (including mankind) and do not differentiate based on abundance of one or the other. Everyone matters.

Oh how sad WildWoman - hope you find people that meet your morality requirements elsewhere.

But on another note - yay we made Talk Round Up! Tho hairylemon I'd demand a recount on the posts included, don't think I've ever laughed/snorted so much at a typing fail before.

NoraHelmer Sat 12-May-12 13:29:00

This thread gave me a much needed laugh. I hate the sodding pigeons in our garden and I'm not going to worry if there's one less pigeon in this world grin

bruxeur Sat 12-May-12 14:58:32


<wrings painty hands>


and all you lot can do is snigger. I despair.

bruxeur Sat 12-May-12 15:24:40

I'm not just sniggering! This thread has inspired me. I been spray-painting pigeons LIKE A BOSS since I read it.

entropygirl Sat 12-May-12 23:12:13

hmmm how interesting...I had a thread make the previous round up and exactly the same thing happened...precisely one hand wringer turned up to tell us all how morally destitute we were...Im pretty sure this is a different person, but then maybe there is a rota....

smellyolddog Tue 18-Sep-12 22:09:29

threeineachlobe OK so I've just found this and thought of this thread!!! what have you been doing now - just imagine what those italian birds were saying to their mates.

pickofthepops Tue 18-Sep-12 22:12:33

Could you accessorise with the pigeon? Maybe a garden bird aviary type thing with other spray painted birds? Darrow and Ball range in winged wonders.. Sky blue starling...

timeforathink Wed 19-Sep-12 15:19:27

tears running down my face ,op this has made my day so funny ,

ratbagcatbag Wed 19-Sep-12 15:22:21

I remember this thread, I absolutely cried with laughter at the time.

GoldShip Wed 19-Sep-12 16:05:06

I'm into animals rights in a big way but this has had me nearly weeing!!

can't believe I missed:

"Can't quite tell if he's ok, not giving much away with facial expression."
first time round grin

GoldShip Wed 19-Sep-12 16:16:44

Could you put turpse into the bird bath?

JesusInTheCabbageVan Wed 19-Sep-12 16:21:00

I think you should try and spray his other side so he can start a new life as a lady blackbird.

Leena49 Wed 19-Sep-12 19:18:55

This thread love it.

KenLeeeeeee Wed 19-Sep-12 19:34:16

Best. Thread. Ever.

SmileItsSunny Wed 19-Sep-12 21:39:45

Hilarious. Thank you for making me spit out my tea in front of in-laws...

HecateHarshPants Wed 19-Sep-12 21:42:36

HOW is this not in classics?

"Paul, is that you?" still makes me snort.

FuzzyGOLDwood Wed 19-Sep-12 21:46:29

I missed this when it was posted, best thread title ever grin.
Though OP if you're still around it's entirely your fault that the non sleeping child number 2 in the Fuzzy household is now awake and that my white duvet cover is now covered in the red wine I just laughed out over it!

TheEnthusiasticTroll Wed 19-Sep-12 21:52:18

you should have wrote bankys on him and called the local rag with a
scoop, no one would suspect it was you.

Imsosorryalan Wed 19-Sep-12 22:00:43

grin I bet this ends up on the MN weekly round robin email! Oops should that be round pigeon wink

ZombiesAreClammyDodgers Thu 20-Sep-12 23:20:40

Thank you wildwoman. Unfunny thread.

ratbagcatbag Fri 21-Sep-12 06:48:14

Sorry, but I'm sure if pidge had been on the floor then the op would have done something about it but it flew to a tree so made that possibility a bit different, and sorry wild woman but who are you to say I need to learn compassion from youngsters, I've taken more injured pigeons and birds in than any one I know and sought treatment for them at my expense and time, just because of one thread please do not presume you know how anyone reacts or behaves around wildlife. It was a very funny thread but amazingly enough laughing at it doesn't make me an animal hater, so please step down from the high horse you've just put yourself on.

ZombiesAreClammyDodgers Fri 21-Sep-12 08:51:11

ratbag if it sounds like hoofbeats it probably is horses.

Brilliant thread - I cried at the [grun]!

AnyaJetski Sat 22-Sep-12 17:02:41

And if we hear of a Red Squirrel revival in the UK next season, we'll know you opted for "Autumn Copper" on your fence instead

<snort> [grun]

Aw I've only just realised we made Classics.

Paul, this is dedicated to you. Wherever you may be, gawd bless ya. Hope you're all still nicely water repellant and stuff. If you want to come back one day, I'll do the other side.

Goldchilled7up Sat 01-Dec-12 21:52:44

I don't find this funny at all sad poor thing. I find some of the comments here very cruel. I'm surprised it has been moved to classics.

sunnyrosegarden Thu 23-Oct-14 19:07:16


I'm only on page 4 and have not cried from laughing so much in a longgg time thanks to all of you smile

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