Where Do The Pigeons Go

by nycgadgetgirl on April 7, 2008 · 4 comments

in Life In NYC

Late Sunday night – after midnight – has always been one of my favorite times to walk Snickers. Other than Christmas Day or in the middle of a blizzard, this is the quietest time to go for a walk in my neighborhood. Last night, Snick and I were enjoying a quiet minute on “rat plaza” (don’t ask) and I suddenly realized that I hardly ever see any pigeons when we’re out walking at that hour. They’re usually EVERYWHERE. So, where do they go at night?

(And, if they’re all congregated somewhere at night, wouldn’t that be a great time/place to, um, exterminate a bunch of them?)


1 Lisa April 7, 2008 at 5:40 pm

While I know that everyone considers pigeons in NYC, to basically be “flying rats”, they really aren’t! And I know, cause I actually nursed a sick pigeon, that was literally standing in a corner by my building, all fluffed up, in its own filth, eyes half-closed, waiting to die, unable to fly or care for itself.
Pigeons mate for life, and the males and females rear their broods together. They live 15 or more years, if rasied by people. And the oldest known pigeon on record, lived for 30 years!
Most New Yorkers think they’re dirty and filthy, but on the contary, they are quite clean! They are constantly bathing in water and grooming themselves. (and family groups will groom each other!)
Anyone rally interested in more info, check out

2 nycgadgetgirl April 7, 2008 at 5:41 pm

To the person who continues to comment without leaving a name or working email address:
1) Comments that can’t be responded to via email are considered spam. Not posting spam comments has nothing to do with “protecting [my] hatred and prejudice.” Feel free to leave your name and email address and I will post your comment about what a horrible person I am for wanting to rid the city of pigeons (as long as it doesn’t mention killing Snickers – like your first comment. That’s over the line.)
2) If you lived in NYC, you would understand. I don’t know about where you live, but pigeons here are filthy – like rats with wings – and are EVERYWHERE.

Lisa – OK, OK, maybe you’re right… not all pigeons are bad. Some people keep rats as pets too. Dirty or not, when pigeons COVER an entire area and leave all that poop behind in their wake, you have to admit, it’s pretty gross! (I had originally called them “rats with wings” in this comment until I saw what you said. Snick and I respect your opinion.) 😉

3 Jaqi (or T) April 8, 2008 at 11:00 pm

I think pigeons are icky cause of the poop thing tooo! I think I’m okay with anything that’s a pet, but if it’s wild in any way I don’t like them. Like rats, mice, pigeons, squirrels. I think I’m scared of anything that doesn’t take baths. lol Now that I know they clean themselves I’m a little less scared of them. (or grossed out by them) 😛 🙂

4 Turbo the Sibe April 13, 2008 at 10:03 am

We live in the middle of Missouri in a university town. Years ago, my Human noticed these weird high pitched chirping birds that flew around her outside lights when she’d come home at 2am. Eventually she realized they were bats.

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