Monday, June 17, 2013

On It's Journey Home?

I noticed this bird on our power lines. Looked like the doves I see around here everyday but this one was white. That was different!
I got online and looked it up. I think I may have found what it was, a Rock Dove.

I found this on Wikipedia:
A release dove refers to a breed of Rock Dove (domestic pigeon) used for ceremonial release. Release doves are often used to commemorate important milestones of life and offerings of hope at weddings and birthdays and as representing the soul's final journey at funerals.[1] They are also released at grand openings, sporting events, and many outdoor gatherings.[2]
The preferred type of release doves are homing pigeons, a member of the rock dove family, and some strains are specifically bred for ceremonial release. White homing pigeons are preferable to ring neck doves for ceremonial release because ring neck doves lack homing ability and may not survive in the wild.
The pure white pigeon or Rock Dove is associated with all good traits: peace, hope, love, goodwill and family to name a few.

It was the one and only time I have ever seen one of these birds. I imagine our farm was a pit stop on its way back home!  How cool is that?

I can't be 100 percent positive,  but it's fun to imagine....


  1. My gosh, Sandra, it sure looks like one! How crazy and satisfying that a Bird of Peace was resting at your place. I think it's great.

  2. Oh I've never heard of a ceremonially released pigeon. How interesting.

  3. Very cute! I hope he found his way to wherever he was going :)

  4. WOW that is really something I do hope it finds itself safely home. B

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  6. Wow, how interesting was that! Something I certainly never knew!

  7. That's so neat. We only get Mourning Doves around here. Visiting from The HomeAcre Hop.

  8. It IS cool! And my son, the birdie, came up as I was reading and got sooo excited. Of course now he wants a few, too. ;) Thank you for linking to the HomeAcre Hop. I hope to see you back this week:


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