Maybe they did it to try and get it to settle with you. Personnally I don't think they should clip the wings. It puts the pigeon at a disadvantage. With a bit of luck though, he'll get back to you soon.I dont know, I didn’t ask. I was really surprised when they took off, though. Maybe not as fast or agile then pigeons without clipped wings, but still pretty fast. Not sure he could outfly a hawk, though.