Pink pigeon spotted in skies above Darlington

The shocking pink coloured pigeon perches on a chimney top alongside a feathered friend in Darlington this morning

The shocking pink coloured pigeon perches on a chimney top alongside a feathered friend in Darlington this morning

The shocking pink coloured pigeon perches on a chimney top alongside a feathered friend in Darlington this morning

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A PLUMP, plucky pigeon sporting perfectly pink plumage – it would certainly have given bird-bothering cartoon villain Dick Dastardly and his chums food for thought.

Appearances suggest it would be more at home in a tropical rainforest, but this colourful Columbidae was spotted circling the skies above Darlington by an eagle-eyed dog walker.

She thought she was hallucinating until she realised it was a common-or-garden pigeon with an inexplicable shock of brightly-coloured feathers.

It is not known how long the bird, which resembles the Pink Panther’s pet pigeon, has been circling the skies above Darlington, but she certainly seems at home.

When The Northern Echo went on the bird’s trail – without binoculars or spotter’s guide, Bill Oddie has nothing to fear – we found a cluster of sightseers keen to catch a glimpse.

She has been named Molly – or should that be Polly? - by three-year-old Madeleine Gamble, whose father Jason had taken her for a closer look at the spectacle.

Maybe you think that if you’ve seen one feral pigeon, you’ve seen them all, regardless of colour.

Then you can’t have witnessed a fluorescent bird swooping majestically through the skies in Neasham Road area of Darlington, against a backdrop of watery winter sunshine.

It’s enough to melt the heart of even the most hardened cynic.

Mr Gamble, who lives close to the pigeon’s nesting spot, said: “It was our postman that spotted it and told me about it – at first, I thought he must have been drinking.

“But sure enough, here it is in all its glory.

“It’s in quite a large flock and it physically it doesn’t seem any different to any of the others.”

Quite how the pigeon got its distinctive coat has been a matter for conjecture – dye-based cruelty, genetic quirk, freak of nature?

After examining the pictures, a Royal Society for the Protection of Birds spokesman was confident it had been dyed.

Pauline Wilson, of the National Animal Sanctuaries Support League, in Newton Aycliffe, is concerned that the bird’s distinctive plumage could make it a target for yobs.

She said: “There are some very strange people out there and my concern is that this bird, being the colour that it is, could become a target.

“I would like to meet the person that dyed it, if it has been dyed – why would anybody want to do that to a pigeon?

“It may just be one of those freak things, but I do hope that it won’t be targeted.”

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3:46pm Thu 27 Feb 14

behonest says...

If they all looked this pretty, I bet pigeon-fancying would be more common.
If they all looked this pretty, I bet pigeon-fancying would be more common. behonest
  • Score: -4

4:16pm Thu 27 Feb 14

oneguyh says...

I actually painted it red but that was 3 weeks ago now.
I actually painted it red but that was 3 weeks ago now. oneguyh
  • Score: -9

7:04pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Voice-of-reality says...

Is it a transgender pigeon?
Is it a transgender pigeon? Voice-of-reality
  • Score: -9

8:13pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Andie68 says...

There really are some stupid people in this world!
There really are some stupid people in this world! Andie68
  • Score: 10

10:06pm Thu 27 Feb 14

peanutjones says...

Definitely not Speckled Jim!
Definitely not Speckled Jim! peanutjones
  • Score: 1

10:45pm Thu 27 Feb 14

behonest says...

Voice-of-reality wrote:
Is it a transgender pigeon?
If it is, I don't think it will get abuse from it's fellow traveller perched next to it. It's black!
[quote][p][bold]Voice-of-reality[/bold] wrote: Is it a transgender pigeon?[/p][/quote]If it is, I don't think it will get abuse from it's fellow traveller perched next to it. It's black! behonest
  • Score: -1

10:47pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Andie68 says...

behonest wrote:
Voice-of-reality wrote:
Is it a transgender pigeon?
If it is, I don't think it will get abuse from it's fellow traveller perched next to it. It's black!
Actually it's grey.
[quote][p][bold]behonest[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Voice-of-reality[/bold] wrote: Is it a transgender pigeon?[/p][/quote]If it is, I don't think it will get abuse from it's fellow traveller perched next to it. It's black![/p][/quote]Actually it's grey. Andie68
  • Score: -2

11:17pm Thu 27 Feb 14

behonest says...

Andie68 wrote:
behonest wrote:
Voice-of-reality wrote:
Is it a transgender pigeon?
If it is, I don't think it will get abuse from it's fellow traveller perched next to it. It's black!
Actually it's grey.
Well either way, can we agree that if they start flying and compete with each other, we can call it a mixed race?
[quote][p][bold]Andie68[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]behonest[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Voice-of-reality[/bold] wrote: Is it a transgender pigeon?[/p][/quote]If it is, I don't think it will get abuse from it's fellow traveller perched next to it. It's black![/p][/quote]Actually it's grey.[/p][/quote]Well either way, can we agree that if they start flying and compete with each other, we can call it a mixed race? behonest
  • Score: 8

11:53pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Voice-of-reality says...

Boom Boom - we are an unusally jolly bunch this evening.
Boom Boom - we are an unusally jolly bunch this evening. Voice-of-reality
  • Score: 2

1:49am Fri 28 Feb 14

Andie68 says...

behonest wrote:
Andie68 wrote:
behonest wrote:
Voice-of-reality wrote:
Is it a transgender pigeon?
If it is, I don't think it will get abuse from it's fellow traveller perched next to it. It's black!
Actually it's grey.
Well either way, can we agree that if they start flying and compete with each other, we can call it a mixed race?
No
[quote][p][bold]behonest[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Andie68[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]behonest[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Voice-of-reality[/bold] wrote: Is it a transgender pigeon?[/p][/quote]If it is, I don't think it will get abuse from it's fellow traveller perched next to it. It's black![/p][/quote]Actually it's grey.[/p][/quote]Well either way, can we agree that if they start flying and compete with each other, we can call it a mixed race?[/p][/quote]No Andie68
  • Score: -7

7:38am Fri 28 Feb 14

Jackaranda says...

Apparently it was flying over Darlington upside down, cos it ain't worth sh!tting on!!
Apparently it was flying over Darlington upside down, cos it ain't worth sh!tting on!! Jackaranda
  • Score: -1

10:53am Fri 28 Feb 14

behonest says...

Andie68 wrote:
behonest wrote:
Andie68 wrote:
behonest wrote:
Voice-of-reality wrote:
Is it a transgender pigeon?
If it is, I don't think it will get abuse from it's fellow traveller perched next to it. It's black!
Actually it's grey.
Well either way, can we agree that if they start flying and compete with each other, we can call it a mixed race?
No
Oh dear - cheer up matey. Is Andie a Scottish name?
[quote][p][bold]Andie68[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]behonest[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Andie68[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]behonest[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Voice-of-reality[/bold] wrote: Is it a transgender pigeon?[/p][/quote]If it is, I don't think it will get abuse from it's fellow traveller perched next to it. It's black![/p][/quote]Actually it's grey.[/p][/quote]Well either way, can we agree that if they start flying and compete with each other, we can call it a mixed race?[/p][/quote]No[/p][/quote]Oh dear - cheer up matey. Is Andie a Scottish name? behonest
  • Score: 2

10:57am Fri 28 Feb 14

behonest says...

Jackaranda wrote:
Apparently it was flying over Darlington upside down, cos it ain't worth sh!tting on!!
Ha! Ha! Despite the thumbs down from the humourless, I laughed!

Mind you, I think even pigeons are wary of making a mess in Darlo now - in case the Labour council target them for council tax too.
[quote][p][bold]Jackaranda[/bold] wrote: Apparently it was flying over Darlington upside down, cos it ain't worth sh!tting on!![/p][/quote]Ha! Ha! Despite the thumbs down from the humourless, I laughed! Mind you, I think even pigeons are wary of making a mess in Darlo now - in case the Labour council target them for council tax too. behonest
  • Score: 3

11:07am Fri 28 Feb 14

Andie68 says...

behonest wrote:
Andie68 wrote:
behonest wrote:
Andie68 wrote:
behonest wrote:
Voice-of-reality wrote:
Is it a transgender pigeon?
If it is, I don't think it will get abuse from it's fellow traveller perched next to it. It's black!
Actually it's grey.
Well either way, can we agree that if they start flying and compete with each other, we can call it a mixed race?
No
Oh dear - cheer up matey. Is Andie a Scottish name?
No its Andrea :-D
[quote][p][bold]behonest[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Andie68[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]behonest[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Andie68[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]behonest[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Voice-of-reality[/bold] wrote: Is it a transgender pigeon?[/p][/quote]If it is, I don't think it will get abuse from it's fellow traveller perched next to it. It's black![/p][/quote]Actually it's grey.[/p][/quote]Well either way, can we agree that if they start flying and compete with each other, we can call it a mixed race?[/p][/quote]No[/p][/quote]Oh dear - cheer up matey. Is Andie a Scottish name?[/p][/quote]No its Andrea :-D Andie68
  • Score: 0

12:55pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Butafly says...

hahaha these comments made me laugh.

isn't there such a thing as bird breeders who actualy dye their pigeons feathers? seems its the case with this poor pigeon, surely know-one believes this pigeon is naturally pink,(im sure i will be corrected if i am wrong lol). Hope its female,poor thing will have self issues if not haha
hahaha these comments made me laugh. isn't there such a thing as bird breeders who actualy dye their pigeons feathers? seems its the case with this poor pigeon, surely know-one believes this pigeon is naturally pink,(im sure i will be corrected if i am wrong lol). Hope its female,poor thing will have self issues if not haha Butafly
  • Score: 5

9:55am Sat 1 Mar 14

Barrrysimpson says...

one was spotted in Ealing, west London last year.

Read more: http://www.dailymail
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one was spotted in Ealing, west London last year. Read more: http://www.dailymail .co.uk/news/article- 2186491/Pink-pigeon- Bizarrely-coloured-b ird-left-experts-baf fled-spotted-Ealing- west-London.html#ixz z2uheoJnMF Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook Barrrysimpson
  • Score: 0

3:09pm Tue 4 Mar 14

greenfinger says...

last seen in the sights of my HW80K
last seen in the sights of my HW80K greenfinger
  • Score: -1

6:30pm Thu 6 Mar 14

delboy1977 says...

Got to have this in a pie !
Got to have this in a pie ! delboy1977
  • Score: -1

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