Well, it was back to work yesterday after my weeks holiday. Work wasn`t bad, but at one point in the morning I got a real fright!
Running out of staples I went upstairs to the office at the back of the building, which had been vacated some time ago and left empty, as I knew there were unneeded stationery items there. I easily found what I wanted and returned down to my own office and continued working.
Later in the morning, needing to find an old personnel file, I again went up to the next floor, but this time to the unused office at the front of the building. On opening the door something large whirred around me, making me jump. (this office too had been unused for months and just occasionally I had need to enter it). Once I got over being startled, I looked around and there was a pigeon.
I quickly shut the door so that it didn`t get loose in the whole of the building, thankful that I like birds and am not afraid of them flying round in the way that many people are. How had it got there? Looking across at the window, which had roller blinds pulled right down to the window sill and quite tight against the window, I spotted that one of the sash windows was open about 12 inches from the top. Obviously that was how the bird had got in, but yet, the blinds were close to the window, so quite how he (or she) had managed it I`m not sure.
It was obvious from the state of the "little messages!" that the bird had been leaving all over the chairs, desk, filing cabinet, floor etc., that it had been in the for quite some time. Poor little thing!
By now the bird had quietened down and was sitting perched on the edge of the filing cabinet watching me, I went over to the window and pulled up the blind of the opened window. After a minute or so the bird flew and perched on the top of the open window beside me then with a flap of its wings sped off out into the world again. I wonder what tales he/she will tell the other pigeons of its adventure.
I`m just so glad that I had reason to go up into that room. I`ll now make sure I check up there more often - just incase it decides to come back.