The lighting wasn't direct sunlight, as the buildings put that portion of the block in shadow at the time. Bird is roughly center in photos. Male Passenger Pigeons were described as having bluish-gray feathers on their heads, wings, tail feathers, and hindneck. amzn_assoc_tracking_id = "pamrotellac04-20"; Passenger pigeons likely remained in the wild, but all subsequent sightings were unconfirmed. I work for a large engineering company but all my hobbies are outdoors. Would you like to share anything about yourself? I think that my first passenger pigeon sighting was the weekend before the EAA Airventure show in Oshkosh, and this sighting was again on the weekend before Airventure. Hunters would trap the pigeons with large nets and also use poisoned corn to kill hundreds of birds at a time. Do you have a photo of the sighting? There was also another, larger group of mourning doves just east of there on the power lines along Highway 23, same side of the road (south). Hunting alone could not have wiped out the passenger pigeon in such … The shape of the head, wing, and tail appeared typical of an American robin**. Passenger Pigeon. I watched it for a minute or 2 and then it puffed it's breast up and it shimmered purplish red with tawny orange undertones. Male Passenger Pigeons were described as having bluish-gray feathers on their heads, wings, tail feathers, and hindneck. 5:30 PM She died at the Cincinnati Zoological Garden, and was … Passenger pigeons had largely disappeared from American skies by the early 1890s, and the last known sighting in the wild occurred in 1900. By the eighteen-nineties, the only passenger pigeon sightings were of small, ragged flocks. It was also flying in a horizontal position for most of the distance, as though lying on its belly, whereas I often see mourning doves fly in a partially upright position for short distances. Name of birdwatcher: Joe G THE PASSENGER PIGEON, WSO’s flagship publication, is a quarterly journal featuring a wide range of articles on Wisconsin birds, seasonal field sightings (including Christmas, May, and Big Day counts), and scientific research reports. Schorger cites several recorded sightings of giant flocks numbering over a billion passenger pigeons (see next paragraph) to illustrate that population of the passenger pigeons was 3,000,000,000 to 5,000,000,000 from the 16 th to early 19 th centuries, making the bird 25-40 percent of the total bird population of the United States. I don't know why there are so many mourning dove varieties with gray or grayish bodies this year, but during this sighting, at first I assumed that's what the birds along Highway 23 were. Passenger pigeon, from Pigeons, Sir William Jardine, 1835 (public domain) Within his letter, Hadley also referred to a couple of other recent sightings, documented a month earlier by Kendrick Kimball in the Detroit News (5 January). When I stopped the car on a side street next to them, they seemed to panic and looked at each other, but remained on the line. The detail that convinced me it was some form of avian was its flight, however. The naturalist Charles Dury, of Cincinnati, Ohio, wrote in September 1910: One foggy day in October 1884, at 5 a.m. Previous up close sightings were in early March 2000 and 2002. When the sun was about halfway down the sky, it didn’t return from it’s back and forth flight. William John Swainson, in 1827, moved this species to the newly erected monotypic genus Ectopistesbecause of their sexual dimorphism, larger size, length of the tail and wings and lack of facial features. The bird was a lot like a mourning dove, but from the side appeared to be leaner and flatter. But I do remember the croaking, long, thin, mourning dove-like bird landing on the top of the academy in Virginia Beach, and that bird's tail fan appeared to be so long that it looked like an additional, almost ornamental, fan dragging behind the bird, though I assume a part of that was due to the extra length of the bird itself. The passenger pigeon was a colonial and gregarious bird and needed large numbers for optimum breeding conditions. But yesterday when I stepped out on my deck to look at the garden I noticed a large dark charcoal brown dove/pigeon sitting in my dead sour cherry tree I've been meaning to cut down. Do you have a photo of the sighting? Horicon Marsh information However, one of the birds' beaks caught direct sunlight, and was definitely yellow and larger than a mourning dove's. This sightings page is meant to benefit the birding community, and I'll maintain it because the bird banding lab and other official bird reporting sites don't … It was quite a sight to see this species' tail fan again. Note the female lacks the orange breast and bluish back of the male, and is slightly smaller, about 37 cm. "I dismounted, seated myself on an eminence, and began to mark with my pencil, making a dot for every flock that passed. ***** By. original files are .PNG. The bird was at least 25% larger than the average morning dove. Passenger pigeons bred in small groups in the south of the province and were seen as far north as Hudson Bay. Only a year later, in 1900, the last wild passenger pigeon died when a young boy in Pike’s County, Ohio, shot it with his BB gun. Their heads were slightly smaller than their other body parts and when compared to the size of their chests, it seemed even smaller. No evidence in the literature seems to corroborate this rumor but likely rests on some evidence. amzn_assoc_height = 600; No as I said before I didn't bring my phone while I was walking my dog so I went running back home to get my phone and come back but when I got back it wasn't there anymore I still consider myself a novice and am a little disturbed by the fact that there are not more photos of even alleged sightings. It was with the other several pigeons that live here in queens ny Your bird had grey wings, a large chest, small head, and metallic looking red belly feathers. This was the first time I'd seen one from the side while flying, and was surprised that its belly was so flat. I do not know of any machine that can imitate such a flight so fluidly and naturally.This had to be my first (and so far only) encounter with the unknown, so I made as many notes to myself as possible to keep data close to the original sighting. It looked similar to a mourning dove, a bird that's plentiful in the area, but from the side it was longer and thinner than a mourning dove, and its underside was reddish orange. With this huge number of birds people started to shoot them out of the sky. Where can I find some of these prints locally? Was the bird in the company of other birds or animals? It was a lean bird with almost a boxy shape to its torso, and in the air showed no thickening in the belly as you'd see with a mourning dove or other pigeons. I didn't want to change lenses when I stopped near the birds because I would probably have little or no time to photograph them after they saw my car stopping nearby. Size and color and some mottling marks on bird I've seen on museum specimens and in photos; mourning doves are very common in my yard. At this point I was mad because I didn't bring my phone with me to take a picture. When I turned back, it was gone without making a sound (unlike an MD). I got a very good look at the bird and it definitely was not a raptor or a dove. They were members of both the pigeon and dove family. I like going through there so my dog can just run at the pigeons but when I was looking at the pigeons I noticed one different looking bird. A normal pigeon (or other common bird) with a color mutation. Hunters, loss of habitat, and infectious diseases contributed to their eventual extinction. Bowen was started around 1000 AD by people influenced by the Mississippian culture. There have been no confirmed sightings of wild Passenger Pigeons since 22nd March 1922, and no unconfirmed reports since the 1930's. Also, road construction started on that same block of downtown Fredericksburg within a week after the sighting. O ne bullet could kill 10 birds at a time. Mourning doves have small black or charcoal gray beaks with maybe a little pink close to the bird's head. When the railroad began to become more prominent as a means of cross country travel, groups of hunters would actually follow the flocks as they migrated across America. Description of sighting: There have been many unusual storm clouds in Wisconsin this summer. What about this bird leads you to believe it was a passenger pigeon and not a mourning dove or other species? It was the only one that was just very different. This is the bird that I personally believe you saw. Date of sighting: November 2017 They might not return to that area for years, if ever. This may actually be my third up close sighting over roughly 17 years. There was some slanted direct sunlight at the end of the block. Date of sighting: From August 10-15 and around noon [2017] Her demise sparked the passing of modern conservation laws to protect other endangered species in the U.S.” Now, more than 100 years later, the Passenger Pigeon is again advancing conservation. They were also described as being quite delicious, and it was this fact that would be their downfall. They have a large garden and bird feeder along with a big yard including an overgrown field so they get a lot of wildlife scurrying about on the property like mice, turtles, raccoons, deer, countless species of birds, and just about any typical woodland critter you can think of.As the whole family was settling in to eat, I sat in the gazebo nearby. Many assume that what they are seeing flying around has been categorized already regardless of how strange it seems, so they don’t tell anyone. The only way I can describe the sheen and color is like a polished Christmas ornament on a sunny day. In July, 1605, on the coast of Maine, in latitude 43o25', Champlains saw on some islands an "infinite number of pigeons," of which he took a great quantity. As I again proceeded west on Highway 23, within a few miles of Princeton, Wisconsin (I returned later and estimate the birds were between 3 and 5 miles east of the eastern border of Princeton), I saw a couple of drab-looking mourning doves sitting on power lines to my left. Was the bird in the company of other birds or animals? The bright summer sun reflected off it whenever it went by when directly overhead, the glare practically blinding to look at. In fact, in 1703 the Catholic bishop of Quebec actually excommunicated the entire species. As soon as the birds fell to the earth, they would be clubbed or stabbed with pitchforks and thrown into a sack or barrel for sale. Now I'm wondering if that's significant -- was the usual location of the birds disturbed by airplanes arriving for the show? I haven't scrutinized the sightings here, as that would make birdwatchers critical of themselves and discourage them from sharing what may be valid sightings. It was also larger than a normal mourning dove's bill. I suspect that the raptor may have a habit of hunting in that area, and that it frightened the passenger pigeon enough to fly down a city street to escape. Their chests were covered in iridescent display feathers that were seen as either bright bronze, or violet/golden green depending on the angle. Is there anything else you'd like the birding community to know about this sighting? Note a closeup of the bill in this article, and other taxidermied passenger pigeons I've seen at the Smithsonian have even more yellow on their beaks. I was a little unhinged this time and totally not expecting it. Sorry, but I … ***** The lighting was too poor to see the colors on their bodies, but the beak on one of the birds was illuminated by the sun and definitely YELLOW in color. And this is what makes the bird's extinction difficult to entirely explain. amzn_assoc_default_search_category = ""; I have not retouched the photos even though the colors are muted but it does clearly show how dark the bird was. That block was closed to traffic. !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)? Would you like to share anything about yourself? Since I collect photos on the net and have myself taken of mounted specimens of passenger pigeons my sighting and a mourning dove. I believe my photos offer a slightly clearer version of the same colored bird around almost the exact same time of year. I walked through the area of the sighting a few days later and documented it on Twitter: ***** Ornithologist Wilson estimated that one flock he observed was calculated to contain 2.2 billion birds. It flew back the same way it came and presumably into the woods on the other side of the house. actual visual observation appears to be exactly what I have seen in these photos and in actual museums. POWERED BY MERLIN. Location of sighting: Caroline Street (between William Street and Amelia Street), in downtown Fredericksburg, Virginia -- a popular street in the downtown area which is very busy during warm weather, but March 17th was a cold morning ***** To read any issue, click on the Passenger Pigeon … The Natural History Museum, London/Science Source The last reliable sightings in Ontario occurred around the turn of the century, including a record of ten from around Orangeville in 1899. No It had the shape of a dove, only slightly larger and its breast was red (reddish). The small captive flocks weakened and died. One person who claimed seeing the now rare species was bird watching enthusiast and President of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt. Our research revealed the Passenger Pigeon isn’t simply a model species; it quite possibly is the most important species for the future of conserving the woodland biodiversity of the eastern United States. But when my dog tried to chase it at it flew away and I noticed it had a whitish tail. The bird seemed as if about the size of a large dove or pigeon, although this is an estimate considering it flew anywhere from 10 to 20 feet above the ground. The Passenger Pigeon and the Future of Forest Conservation. I ran in to get the camera. Passenger pigeon, from Pigeons, Sir William Jardine, 1835 (public domain) Within his letter, Hadley also referred to a couple of other recent sightings, documented a month earlier by Kendrick Kimball in the Detroit News (5 January). Their house is large and old, surrounded expansive woodland and next to a small pond. So it’s always a treat when someone trusts their gut and lets people know that was they saw wasn’t normal. I garden heavily. Is there anything else you'd like the birding community to know about this sighting? The temperature was about 60 degrees (unusually warm for the time of year). They would shoot and kill as many birds as they could in order to sell the meat. It reminded me of the birds in your video. Description of sighting: I was walking my dog at this time when I notice a bunch of pigeons which are always at this tree and just eat and stay on the ground. Photos are slightly grainy but attached files are JPEGS. Location: (Town name withheld for privacy) Massachusetts, USA / Mid-July 2014, Possible Cryptid: Unknown species of bird, Witnesses: 1 main witness, 2 additional witnesses for a short period of time, Reporter info: Emma, age 14 at the time of sighting, “ - Background Info -As we do most summers, my family and I drove to my grandparents’ house for a barbecue. Location of sighting: Leslie, Missouri ***** Location of sighting: Cumberland, Maryland It was like any other city bird flying from tree to tree in the morning. I was not able to get pictures of the other 2. Click here to see authenic newspaper article of Audubons account of the Wild Pigeon! I don't think it was an American Kestrel because it looked too much like a Pigeon. ***** We were moving at walking speed into the station. Unfortunately, no, though I tried yet again. If you believe that you've seen a living passenger pigeon, then please submit that sighting to via the form included on the Contact page. Submit yours. Passenger pigeon remains have been found at the Bowen site, among the most important Woodland Period settlements in the state. The wings, head, and tail seemed disproportionately small compared to the belly, although it could be attributed to my poor memory or the glare messing up my vision. In light of my own passenger pigeon sightings, and others' sightings e-mailed to me after I posted my own on the world wide web, I've decided to maintain a page documenting possible passenger pigeon sightings from anyone willing to share them. The naturalist Charles Dury, of Cincinnati, Ohio, wrote in September 1910: "One foggy day in October 1884, at 5 a.m. Once we got home (well after seven or eight o’clock) I dug through my birding encyclopedias and the Internet but found nothing that could be a definite match.