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Leeds or The Bahamas?

Hot on the heels of Percy’s trip to Canada, we’ve had a report of another pigeon going a very long way astray.

A 2011 blue cock, belonging to Fred Lock of Leeds, was liberated from Lillers on 26th May, and turned up in The Bahamas some weeks later!

On Sunday 16th July the Locks received the following e-mail and photos from Kate Barley:

‘Hello Fred,

My fiancé Jason had called you earlier today about your pigeon being found here on Eleuthera, The Bahamas. I found this so great as I am over here studying and I am from Grimsby/Cleethorpes and my dad had told me where to check for the phone number as he used to race pigeons. When I saw it said Leeds we were so surprised. I bet you must have been too!

Here are some photos of him; the last one is of the boat house where he turned up and spends most of his day and enjoys the view. Perhaps he fancied a holiday! I have a flight back to the UK in early September and could bring him back but I have no idea what the paperwork for that would involve. He seems happy here and he flys up to Jason’s hand in the morning for food and follows him around which is sweet.

He is at a place called The Island School, an island science and education centre on Eleuthera Island. We have named him Henry, but if you have a name for him, would love to know it, how old is he? I wonder how he got here, on a ship I suppose, but it is amazing.’

So, will Henry be returning to the UK or will he live out his life as another ex-pat in The Bahamas (poor thing!)? Only time will tell.

Read more on this story and see further images in The Mail Online’s article.







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2 Responses to “Leeds or The Bahamas?”

  1. andy wilkinson 28 July 2012 at 7:55 pm //

    True Blue Water Bird

    Great tale, must be over 5000 miles. It would have been great to have a GPS Tracking Device on him.



  2. Kate Smith 27 August 2012 at 4:27 pm //

    Dear RPRA Team!
    I have returned on Friday from a Cruise from Southampton to the Norwegian Fjords and caught up with the news on Saturday 25th August. I was surprised to read an article about the mystery of the “Bermuda Triangle of the North” which reported that only 13 of the 232 birds released on Saturday 18th August had made it back to Galashiels.
    At breakfast my husband said there had been dozens of pigeons flying back and to and around the ship. By evening time, I had not seen a single bird but at the Captain’s Cocktail Party (in the “Crows Nest”!) my husband pointed out first one, then two – until we counted about 12 in various positions on a part of the outside of the ship which was sheltered but impossible to reach. We pondered about the birds and wondered if in fact they were racing pigeons “having a rest”.
    We were in the North Sea in glorious sunshine at about the level the birds would have been released. The Captain had commented that we were “just ahead of a weather system” which actually caught us up the next day and brought wind, rain and a spectacular thunderstorm that night. I wonder if the birds knew the weather would be bad and had the presence of mind to shelter at sea?
    Another similar story from my husband who spent years working on Ferries across the Irish Sea. He told me a story of a pair of roosting pigeons that used to fly on board in Liverpool and go off for the day in Larne, Northern Ireland. They would arrived back on board just as the car ramp went up and take the Ferry back to Liverpool!