Friday, July 8, 2016

Eric's Day Flashback - The Visitor

I am sorry I haven't been visiting lately. Our internet is being terrible, far more off than on. We change providers on July 15th so hopefully things will get back to normal or better than normal. Our flashbacks are scheduled about 6 weeks at a time so will still be here. I will visit as and when I can in the meantime.

Warning to the Trout Town Tabbies! Don't read any further!!!

This week the flashback comes from July 2010 and is called:

The Visitor.

Flynn: Hey what are you doing here? This is my sunbathing spot.

You're supposed to be afraid of me, why aren't you flying away?

You do realise I could have you for my supper don't you.

Hmphh, if you are going to ignore me, I will turn my back on you too.

Oh good, mum's fattening him up for us.

Eric: If I watch him from behind this wire mesh he won't be able to see me.

He has come closer, do I dare pounce with mum watching me?

Huh! The cheek of it. He is drinking our rain water now.

Note from mum:
We had heavy rain and very strong wind the night before these photos were taken. The pigeon is a ringed homing pigeon and was probably exhausted from the bad weather. He was looking very sorry for himself and let me catch him. His ring had this year's date on it so this is probably his first year of racing. The boys were very interested but couldn't understand why he wouldn't fly. wThat is most likely what saved him as there is no point in catching something that just sits and looks at you. He is now looking much better and flying as soon as I or Eric and Flynn approach and should very soon fly back to his own loft.

29 comments:

Brian said...

That burd looks to slow to be racing!

Anonymous said...

Wow, that was amazing. I bet the boys didn't have any idea what he thought he was doing! Thanks for sharing this with us.
Hope the internet thing get straightened out!
Love,
Lily

The Menagerie Mom said...

You sure got to know that pigeon up close and personal, Flynn and Angel Eric! That must have been quite the experience for you boys.

The Whiskeratti said...

Oh, we remember this one.

Summer said...

That pigeon dodged a bullet! So to speak.

WILLIE........! =^..^= said...

Ah! Bless! You see sometimes
we can ALL live together!x
(till we get hungry). :).

Hannah and Lucy said...

Maybe the bird was waiting for some bread to peck at.

Marg said...

That is so great that the cats didn't go after the bird. Hope he made it back to his home. Glad you gave his seed and thanks Eric and Flynn for not going after the bird..

Caren Gittleman said...

that is a sweet story. I had to laugh at "why catch something that sits there and looks at you" (I didn't quote exactly, but I loved that!) catchatwithcarenandcody

pilch92 15andmeowing said...

Great photos of Eric turning his back to it and "hiding" behind the fence. That is good that he didn't try to get it.

Cheysuli and gemini said...

Oh look at you two making nice with your visitor!

Team Tabby said...

Wonderful flashback, thanks for sharing1

Mindy & Mike

Savannah's Paw Tracks said...

Eric you were a perfect host

John Bellen said...

I'm glad it was just the internet. I thought something worse was going on...

And I'm also glad the boys didn't do anything to the pigeon. That wouldn't have been sporting. The poor bird must have been scared to death to have Flynn so close! That first picture makes it look like the two of them are on the ledge of a skyscraper.

Colehaus Cats said...

That was sweet of you, Flynn and Angel Eric!

onespoiledcat said...

Hope that internet fixed your spotty internet service - we miss you!! As for that pigeon flashback....it's no fun catching a TIRED pigeon so it was good of you to leave it alone and let it rest up....there will be other opportunities more challenging I'm sure!

Love, Sammy

ANGEL ABBYGRACE said...

Amazing really that they just gave him a good sniff and let him hop around. MOL

Sometimes, Cats Herd You said...

Wow, talk about a close encounter of the bird kind!

angelswhisper2011 said...

You two are so kind, Angel Eric and Flynn, for not harming the pigeon. That pigeon looked very scared, not because of you, but of the circumstances :D Pawkisses for a Happy Weekend and Good LUck with the new provider :) <3

Lola The Rescued Cat said...

These photos are fantastic. What a great memory.

Mark's Mews (Ayla, Iza, and Marley) said...

Wow, we dont remember this post at all. That is one lucky pigeon! We are pretty sure we would have pounced. Its a BIT large, but TBT tells us that Skeeter tried ta grab a goose once. That dint werk out very well...

Kari said...

Good show boys! No race fixing. No nomming the athletes.
Sorry to hear your internet connection has been off but glad to hear it it was the internet and nothing worse. We love you all.

Terri said...

The behavior doesn't surprise me at all. I've read cats are attracted to movement. They especially go for small active birds like finches.

Madi and Mom said...

ERIC LOOKED QUITE COMFORTABLE WITH THAT PIGEON...
I PURRSONALLY HAVE NEVER BEEN THAT CLOSE TO A REAL BIRD
HUGS MADI YOUR BFFF

Dragonheart, Merlin, and Devi said...

Another wonderful memory of Eric. We are impressed that the bird survived, even though your mum explained why!

Kitties Blue said...

Absolutely the most incredible photos. No matter the reason, very hard to believe. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

Katie Isabella said...

THSAT was fascinating. I have never seen a homing pigeon ever--- nor has my mom. You were a good boy deciding to leave well enough alone. Smoochies to you.

da tabbies o trout towne said...

two all de codz in all de seaz.....we send thanx a plentee that ewe watched over R palz eric & flynn while thiz bass terd burd waz THAT kinda close two them; flynn spesh a lee..

manee thanx two ewe cod for keepin em both free oh bass terd burd infest tayshunz.....

eric....flynn....we iz troo lee sorree

....flynn...we hope de bass terd burdz tail waz knot touchin yurs like it looks like.....in fotoz 4...

cranbereez, we haz de hee beez thinkin oh it ~~~~~~~~ ♥♥♥♥♥

Maxwell Faraday Richman said...

We laffed at your warning to the Tabbies!!