First thing this morning I ran to the window like a little kid looking for Santa Claus, to find that Gully was still there. He hadn't moved all night, or it didn't look like he did at least. So I texted my sister to tell her about Gully, and she let me know some doves look like pigeons, so this very well could be someone's pet. Now I was a little concerned thinking that somewhere someone is very sad at the prospect of their lost dove. So once again, I let Gully know that if he stays, I will get him some bird seed today and take care of him. I also let him know that I would like to let him in but, he could very well be a pigeon, and what if he tried to eat my fish. I don't think pigeons eat fish, actually I think they eat garbage, but regardless, I can't let him in. Not long after, he perched himself on our railing, looked around and took off to someone else's roof. I was a little sad Gully left and a little worried he wouldn't be able to take care of himself. So I wished him good luck.
So after work today I was uploading the pictures I had taken of him, getting ready to blog about little Gully, when Steve, once again getting ready to go outside to have a smoke says, disappointed at the loss of his smoking spot for another night, "Gully's back." I jumped up and ran to the window and lo and behold, there he was. Little Gully had returned! Well now I'm really excited because I once again think I have a pet that will come visit us every night. So I got him some bread and put his water bowl out again and apologized for not having any wild bird seed, but he had left, and how was I to know he would return? So for another night, we have a pet dove pigeon named Gully.
addendum: I learned all about homing pigeons last night in researching Gully. I was all set and determined to find this guy's home. Then I read the link posted by someone and was horrified. We are getting seed in case he comes back tonight, and I've left him a water bowl. Maybe he is better off just hanging out on my balcony. Who knew I could learn so much about a little bird.