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Monday Morning (Art) Mystery 081318

Help ID This Pigeon at the CF

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Traci Woods writes:

I was at the Celery Farm on Friday around 2:30, and saw 3-4 blue-banded pigeons sitting in a tree across from the spillway.

Are these lost pigeons or pigeons that were released?  Was concerned whether or not they could survive in the wild.
I think these are likely racing pigeons. If anyone has a photo with the band numbers, we might be able to see where they're from.
Rock Pigeons are scarce at the Celery Farm. Not sure if it is countable on eBird, though.
According to an earlier post, racing pigeons have been seen at the CF on at least three other occasions over the years-- by Marsh Warden Stiles Thomas, Ace Birder Rob Fanning, and Seymour Drakes.

Typically, they stop at Lake Appert for water (and to get their bearings or catch their breath).

(Thanks, Traci!)