Wednesday, January 26, 2011

P/ Alphabe-Thursday

PIGEON ( a.k.a.  rock PIGEON)

Rock PIGEONS are not the most POPULAR birds on the PLANET, are they?  But the are PREVALENT just about everywhere, especially in heavily POPULATED PLACES where many PEOPLE consider them PESTS.

Originally they lived in Europe, North Africa and most of Asia. For more than 5,000 years, humans have eaten them (squab) and/or raced them. (They return home speedily when released from distant sites.)

According to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, rock pigeons were brought to North America in the early 1600s by colonists.

I am linking to Jenny Matlock at Alphabe-Thursday HERE

22 comments:

RedPat said...

A great shot - they are really quite beautiful with that iridescence - too bad they are such pests!

Leif Hagen said...

They are almost a pretty bird but they sure make a mess!!

Jack said...

In my book, pigeons are right up there with squirrels . . .

Farmchick said...

This is a pretty shot of this little pest!

Rebecca said...

Well there you go, even a pigeon can be beautiful. Who would have thought?

George said...

This is a wonderful picture of the pigeon. I don't think I've seen the coloration so bright and beautiful. This pigeon may be a pest, but you've shown he is a good-looking pest.

Viola said...

A well-known and lovely bird! How beautiful colors of the pigeon!! :)

Jacob said...

Those darn European immigrants...brought smallpox and pigeons! That's not the best legacy to have...

This is one heck of a gorgeous shot...I think the best I've ever seen of one of these doves.

Re your comment on Ocala DP: Can't imagine that you didn't notice the cell phones...it was all about the cell phones...sheesh! What did catch your eye? :-)

Bill said...

Holy mackerel! I never realized rock pigeons were so darned pretty. What a beautiful photo. We only rarely see these in rural areas, so despite everyone's comments this is a real treat for me.

bill:www.wildramblings.com

Kathy said...

Yes, I am all too familiar with these dudes! They were all over the place around my house in Phoenix. They nested in one of my palm trees next to my patio and ~ you guessed it ~ triple alphabet P ~ pounds of pigeon poop.

Gill - That British Woman said...

my dd hates pigeons with a passion, I think they are cute.....

Gill

Randy said...

I love the way the colors stand out on his neck.

Ebie said...

The colors are so crisp, what a great picture!

Small City Scenes said...

I always liked pigeons and they are very pretty and make a nice cooing noise. So there! MB

amatterofhowyouseeit.com said...

Very colorful details! Great shot.

amatterofhowyouseeit.com said...

Very colorful details! Great shot.

Kate said...

Yes, I've always considered them pests yet fascinated by their tenacity. Your photo shows so much detail...very nice!

indicaspecies said...

Fabulous shot, as always! Like the shadow it has cast on the snow.

Kerri said...

They really are gorgeous!!!

Lucka said...

Beautiful pigeon on the snow!

Rose said...

Even if they are not popular, they are pretty.

Francisca said...

Hah, I almost missed your P post... The one thing you did not mention is that barbecued pigeon is PALATABLE. If you haven't tried, take my word for it. :-D

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