As I walked by a huge flock of pigeons, all at once they took flight with power and sync. But what I was suddenly curious about waswhy there are so many of them in every cityin the world?
Woody Allen famously defined them as “rats with wings” in his movieStardust Memories, though It was originally coined by Thomas Hoving, New York City’s parks commissioner, in 1966. The movie, however, spread the negative rap on pigeons like fire. They were ״officially״ bullying parasites who spread diseases.
Thankfully there are many who, despite the gloomy pigeon outlook, still spread bread crumbsin their town square. Washington square - NYC, Trafalgar Square - London, Melbourne/Sydney - Australia, Buenos Aires - Argentina, Mumbai - India…the list goes on.
Makes you think: these guys have taken over the world!
Living in the big city where there are more sky-scrapers than tall trees, one would think that birds would be few and far between. But at the end of the day, birds will go wherever food is offered to them, even if you live on the 26th floor.
Most of us city dwellers would love to see more nature through our windows to complement the billboards and grey skyline. By simply providing a spot on your window or terrace with food and water, you may just find a few curious creatures nibbling on your seeds and keeping you company.
Squirrels. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, they are a very common part of our wildlife. To some they are purely “annoying” pests hogging and stealing from bird feeders, and to others, fun creatures to look at while strolling through the forest.
Whichever camp you're in, it’s worth learning a thing or two about their behavior and quirky personalities.