I grabbed my camera and tried to document the coming and goings of this bird of opportunity.
This reminded me of another group (gang) that use to come into a store that I worked in just before I got married. It was in Berkeley, California in 1964. I was working for Roos Atkins across from the University of California. We sold wonderful, rather expensive clothing and there were some folks who thought that they should have these clothes and not pay for them. They would come in "gangs" and split up. One would occupy a sales person while the other would take things to the dressing rooms. Eventually, we received photos of these gangs and were able to alert the managers if we saw one of the "gang members" come into the store.
It's a little harder with pigeons.
This one is vanishing into nothingness. Do you see this? His head and front foot are almost gone and his shadow is blending into the concrete. He's disappearing. I knew something fishy was going on. I would try to take a picture and all of a sudden... the bird wouldn't be there.
When I got home I read up on these birds. Here is all the information you will ever want to know about Pigeons.
After all, they have carried messages, stopped wars and filmed secret meetings with foreign countries.
Yes, I had to laugh too.
I guess we shouldn't laugh at all because there are between 17 and 28 million pigeon type birds in this world and, as Gandhi said, "... 100,000 Englishmen simply cannot control 350 million Indians, if those Indians refuse to cooperate." (Substitute mankind for "Englishmen" and Pigeons for "Indians".)
So, I think we need to have a little more respect for these pretty and intelligent birds.
They walk kind of funny
but then... I can't fly, so who am I to criticize.
We had a great lunch and the pigeons did the rest. That floor was really clean compared to most restaurants.
Did you know that Some Sikhs also feed pigeons because they believe that when they are reincarnated they will never go hungry if they have fed pigeons in their previous life. Other religious groups in India believe that when a person dies his or her soul assumes the form of a bird (normally a pigeon) and therefore by feeding birds they are caring for the souls of their departed ancestors. Interesting theory.
If this is true, more respect for these birds is in order.
Hope you're having a peaceful and relaxing Sunday.