Damon Ramaker of Chatfield stands in his yard with a very unusual pigeon on his shoulder. The wild bird recently chose to spend the day with him, even following him to town as Ramaker drove his car.  SUBMITTED PHOTO
Damon Ramaker of Chatfield stands in his yard with a very unusual pigeon on his shoulder. The wild bird recently chose to spend the day with him, even following him to town as Ramaker drove his car. SUBMITTED PHOTO
Ask Damon Ramaker of Chatfield - the bird is the word.

On a recent Monday, he was on his way to Stewartville to run some errands when a bird flew right in front of his window as he was driving down the road.

"The next thing I knew, there was a pigeon flying past the window at the same speed of 25 to 30 miles per hour," said Ramaker as he recounted a strange day when a random pigeon followed him and his family about as they carried on their daily activities.

He related, "I opened the front window, and when I stopped the car, I reached up to grab the pigeon, showed it to my kids, threw it into the air so it could fly away, but it flew back and landed on top of the car. It stayed on top of the car until we got home, and I showed my wife. I decided I was going to continue my errands, so I tried to get the bird off the car...I tried to push it off, but it was so content that it landed on my shoulder."

Ramaker, who works in Stewartville, started the car and drove toward town once more. The bird, once again, sat on top of the car until it blew off, at which point it started flying. "It continued flying alongside the car, and I was curious as to whether it would come in," he said. "I slowed down, and it landed on the window."

That's when Ramaker decided to test the bird further by simply driving. "He sat there, like a dog with its head out the window. He came in, sat on the passenger seat like he wasn't scared, and I finished my errands and went home, and that's where the bird stayed."

Once at home again, Ramaker noted that the pigeon would fly up and land on his shoulder or his head. "We had chores to do around the house, and he sat on the deck for quite a while. I took my pickup out to go somewhere, and that's when he flew off the deck, landed on the pickup, and I watched him get up and fly around a while, and then he flew away."

Ramaker's plucky pigeon tale wouldn't have so much excitement about birds of a feather sticking together, except that he used to keep homing pigeons and this was not one of them.

"I had birds in the past - homing pigeons - but that was several years ago, in a different place. I didn't think it could be one of mine," he concluded. "But it's better off that it flew away - we have a bird dog."