Pigeon poops on state lawmaker as he gives TV interview about pigeon poop problem

Rep. Jaime Andrade (D-Chicago) was giving a TV interview about the pigeon poop problem at a train station when a pigeon promptly illustrate the lawmaker's point.

"I'll just have to go clean up," Andrade said. "That's what happens to my constituents. They get [expletive] on all time."

(UPI)

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Do you know this pigeon who wears a glitzy rhinestone flight suit?

This fancy pigeon showed up on a Glendale, Arizona woman's back patio. She called in rescue organization Fallen Feathers who are now seeking the bird's owner. From AZFamily:

"He was in her back patio and he kept coming up to the sliding back door and looking like he wanted to come in," said Kieran.

She's convinced the pigeon is someone's pet and not wild.

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This pigeon is protecting her baby kitten and will attack if you come near her

Don't mess with this fierce pigeon or she'll take your finger off. She's protecting her kitten, and snaps every time a human hand reaches towards her. Read the rest

Amazing birdseye photos taken by pigeons a century ago

In 1907, pharmacist and photography buff Dr. Julius Neubronner invented the "pigeon camera." Neubronner attached his cameras, with a built-in shutter timer, to his own homing pigeons and let them fly. For most people, the birds' photos provided a previously unseen view on the world. The images are collected in a new book, The Pigeon Photographer. From the New Yorker:

(Neubronner) showed his camera at international expositions, where he also sold postcards taken by the birds. Additionally, he developed a portable, horse-drawn dovecote, with a darkroom attached to it, which could be moved into proximity of whatever object or area the photographer hoped to capture from on high. These inventions represented a breakthrough at the time, allowing for surveillance with speed and range that was previously impossible. (Whether the cameras would actually capture the desired object, however, depended on luck and the whims of the pigeons.) The technology would soon be adapted for use in wartime—the cameras served as very early precursors to drones—although by the time of the First World War, just a few years later, airplanes were allowing people to do things that only pigeons could have done before.

(Thanks, Bob Pescovitz!)

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Pigeon thinks roof exhaust vent is a merry-go-round

I like to imagine that the other pigeons on the roof are waiting for their turn on this spinning rooftop vent.

Pigeon carousel

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VIDEO: Tension mounts as man tries to halt progress of pigeon

We interrupt your growing anxiety at America's emergent cyberpunk dystopia for a tense missive from this guy's house. In this video, a pigeon bears down a chimney in Romford or maybe Cheltenham or somewhere like that. The perspective on the video makes it hard to tell (especially when things get hairy) but the pigeon is well-armored and only seconds from putting the defender in serious trouble. Wings flap menacingly; a feather sails past the lens. It is not long before he is quite alarmed at the bird's progress. What happens next, though, will probably not surprise you. Read the rest

Pigeons can distinguish real words from fake non-words

We know that pigeons are capable of becoming crafty drug smugglers or connoisseurs of fine art, but now we know they can kind of tell when we're making up words. Read the rest

Homing pigeon caught dropping off drugs at prison

Guards at the La Reforma jail near San Jose, Costa Rica caught this homing pigeon as it flew into the prison carrying a bag of cocaine and marijuana. Read the rest

Pink pigeon enchants and mystifies Britons

One Wes Charnock observed the mystery pigeon, depicted above in London newspaper Metro. Expert consensus is that it has been dyed, or is a tourist from Mauritius. Read the rest

Now you can date pigeons on almost any platform

As I write this, one of the city pigeons that has cruelly overtaken our little bird feeder is cooing in a raw, almost threatening way. I guess you ought to check out this game.

Oh my God a hawk just ripped up a pigeon right in front of me and totally just sat there eating it

[Video Link] Heather's breakfast, Saturday, was eaten in the company of an unexpected visitor. Below, a 45-second time lapse version of the full 15-minute feast, to Moment Music's remix of Ravel's Bolero (download).

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Elderly woman strangles pigeons

Cambridge, England, has a pigeon problem. The verminous birds cause so much mess that a $170,000 annual budget was established to deal with them. Progress has been slow, however—too slow for one resident.

A serial “pigeon strangler” has been prowling a historic street in Cambridge to rid it of the messy birds. Traders in Rose Crescent have told how the elderly woman, a resident of the street, is so sick of flocks of the feathered feral creatures making a mess she has started her own one-woman cull. ...

“You see a lot of things in the city but that is really odd. She told me she has asked the council to cull the pigeons but they won’t do it. I suppose she decided to take the matter into her own hands. When I saw her with a dead pigeon she just said,“I strangled it”. You just learn to say OK to something like that.”

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Church tower holds tons of pigeon crap

"A hatch on a Swedish church tower inadvertently left open for some three decades resulted in 2 tons of pigeon droppings amassing in the tower." [Yahoo News] Read the rest