Warren Renaud is puzzled over the frequent visits by a lost homing pigeon.
Warren Renaud is puzzled over the frequent visits by a lost homing pigeon. Robyne Cuerel

Pigeons homing in on Hervey Bay

HERVEY Bay is convinced it has a homing pigeon problem after helping one lost bird find its way back home.

Scarness Vet Surgery's Sharon Mackay said they had been inundated with calls from animal-lovers who thought they might have a confused critter on their hands after seeing the case of Homer the pigeon.

Homer became lost after his Caboolture owner released him for a race at the Maryborough show.

He was safely returned home after featuring in the Chronicle.

Ms Mackay said only birds with a tag on their leg needed to be reported to the Queensland Racing Pigeon Federation.

It's not all false alarms however, after one lost racing pigeon was reported following the case of Homer.

Warren Renaud wasn't too concerned the first time an obviously-tame pigeon used his shed for shelter.

When it kept coming back, he realised the bird was a racing pigeon with a tag and a raging appetite.

Mr Renaud said the bird had been desperate for a drink and food and was returning each morning for a feed.

It has now been reported to the QRPF with a hunt on for its owner.