This is Bobsey, a juvenile wood pigeon that became a regular in our garden over the last few weeks. He isn't that bothered about us getting close as long as there's bird seed available.
Sadly, yesterday we found Bobsey sitting on the ground and it became clear that something was wrong as he didn't really move for several hours. There was an indication one of his wings had been hurt as it was hanging lower than the other. Rather than leave him outside overnight we decided to catch him and put him in a darkened box with food and water and see if there was any change the next day (he could have just been dazed after a collision). Turns out he was unable to fly more than a foot into the air, though still was not easy to catch carefully.
This morning, he was (thankfully) still alive and when we opened the box in the garden it took a while, and much flapping before he was able to perch on the edge of the box (where you see him here). At this point we decided his injury was more serious than we could handle, so we rang around to find somewhere that could treat and look after him.
So, at midday today, Bobsey was taken to Wildlives Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre, a registered charity just outside Colchester that rescues, treats and hopefully goes on to release everything from Bats to Barn Owls, Hedgehogs to Herons and in this case juvenile wood pigeons.
The woman running the centre gave Bobsey a thorough look over and discovered he'd broken his right wing in three places. : ( The joint was still good, just the main wing bone had the breaks. He was taken off to the site hospital to put the wing in a splint. Hopefully the breaks can heal and he will enjoy a full life doing things wood pigeons do.
That was the last we saw of him. Fingers crossed for you Bobsey.