Friday, May 14, 2010

We have the capability to build the world's first....... pigeon ranking?

Pittgirl is disappointed that she couldn't find a ranking of Pittsburgh and pigeons...   I don't know of one either.

However, you can look up all sorts of bird counts in the Audubon Society's Christmas Bird Count.  They have a specific datapoint for local counts in lots of places for the number of Rock Pigeons among many other species. You just need to manually select a state, then a specific place and voila: a beakful of bird counts.

Can we crowdsource this somehow?   Feel free to post pigeon counts for specific cities in the comments.    I'm just confused though.  I thought we poisoned most of the pigeons Downtown some years ago?  Certainly seems like there are a lot fewer than there used to be.

Speaking of lists.. we are the 18th craziest city. Why? Just like it works out with so many other aggregate metrics like this, we don't seem to stand out in any specific component, but consistent mediocrity across the board pushes up into the elite regions.  Now if they added list-crazy to the criteria.....


Anonymous MH said...

Rock pigeons are a game bird, at least in the midwest. They look like a quail once the feathers are removed.

Friday, May 14, 2010 8:45:00 AM  
Anonymous BrianTH said...

We used to have a lot of pigeons in Regent Square. Then we started seeing more hawks. Then there were a lot less pigeons.

Friday, May 14, 2010 10:04:00 AM  

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