Flemish pigeon fanciers are mourning the loss of thousands of pigeons that took part in a flight originating from Noyon in France last Sunday. Temperatures in the area had reached the lower 30’s centigrade.
The fanciers estimate 12,000 birds are lost. Approximately 30,000 pigeons participated in the Noyon flight. It is believed the extreme heat is to blame.
Source: Mogelijk 12.000 jonge duiven vermist na rampvlucht
Why shouldn’t wedding guests throw rice at newly married couples? “Don’t do it for the birds, do it for the inlaws.” Read about this urban myth in the Snopes.com article Against the Grain.
A band-tailed pigeon has been spotted in the back yard of a Wisconsin man’s home. The bird is normally only seen on the West Coast of the U.S., certainly not east of the Rockies. For that reason dozens of birders have made their way to the St. Croix County home where the bird has been hanging out. Read the story Surfer bird on our turf at JS Online.
When they were in power, the Taliban banned pigeon fanciers from flying their flocks. Recently, at least six flocks of pigeons may be seen exercising above the dull rooftops of Kabul on a given evening. Read about one pigeon keeper in Griff Witte’s story Pigeons take to the skies over Kabul from The Washington Post.
Hopefully the coming of spring means warmer weather and sunnier days. In the cold days of winter, however, pigeons in Chicago find warmth at the city’s Eternal Flame monument on Daley Plaza. We took these photos on 29 December 2005.
Don Brumfield, a retired Walt Disney World security manager, has been raising homing pigeons since he was 13 years old. Today, he brings his pigeons, which resemble white doves, to events such as weddings, parties and even funerals to be used as part of the ceremonies. Read Martin E. Comas’ story Bird man of Sorrento part of national trend in the Orlando Sentinel.
A Royal Air Force helicopter was forced to land last month in the Scottish Borders after a collision with a bird, believed to be a pigeon. Read the full story Pigeon brings down RAF helicopter on BBC News.
In Antwerp, Belgium on Sunday 18 dead pigeons were found. According to the Belgian agency for the security of the food chain (FAVV), the birds were not infected with the H5N1 virus.
The H5N1 virus does not occur in pigeons. The cause of death has not been determined.
The birds were found under a bridge on the Boomssesteenweg (street). The authorities were informed and the dead birds will be picked up on Monday, according to the Antwerp police.
Source: 18 dode duiven in Antwerpen: “Geen vogelgriep”
A British family who moved to the south of England is leaving their new home after months of harassment from neighbors over their pigeons. The family of six moved to Hampshire to be closer to a championship pigeon racing competition but neighbors who didn’t fancy the pigeons tried to scare the birds away. Read Anna Burdett’s story PIGEON FANCIER IS FORCED OUT in the News and Star.
During World War II, the U.S. Air Force developed a new type of bomb – a glide bomb. Instead of falling straight on a target, it would instead float at an angle towards its target, guided by a variety of tools. Behaviorist Burrhus Frederic Skinner thought of a brilliant new way to guide these missiles during World War II using pigeons.
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