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Mystery Pigeon

Mary spotted this critter atop the roof and, much to my surprise, it waited courteously until I deployed the camera:

Mystery Pigeon - on roof ridge

Mystery Pigeon – on roof ridge

It looks, walks, and acts just like a pigeon:

Mystery Pigeon - walking on roof ridge

Mystery Pigeon – walking on roof ridge

… but we’ve never seen one with those feather patterns & colors. It’s not in any of our books, so it may be an escaped domestic pigeon.

Those feathers require plenty of body maintenance:

Mystery Pigeon - body maintenance

Mystery Pigeon – body maintenance

As nearly as we can tell, it’s wearing a green leg band with three digits that might be 904:

Mystery Pigeon - leg band composite

Mystery Pigeon – leg band composite

If this was your bird, it flew through Red Oaks Mill NY just after noon on 1 May 2017 …

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  1. #1 by scruss2 on 2017-05-20 - 11:59

    Looks like some racing pigeons I’ve seen. We have a spectacular range of pigeon colours here, likely coming from a flock of fancy Indian/Afghani pigeons that were released by their owner about 15 years ago. The males used to do the whole tumbling courting display (fly really high with lots of attention-attracting wing clapping, then plummet down, wings folded in and tumbling, then pull out close to the ground) but I haven’t seen that in a while.