High Temperature: 93F
So accustomed am I to seeing hordes of pigeons on city streets that I never thought about them residing in the country. To me they are the quintessential city birds. Their presence in the vast fields of rural Oklahoma are as incongruous as seeing large birds of prey soaring among skyscrapers - and yet, falcons and hawks of all kinds live, breed, and hunt in metropolitan areas.
As mentioned in an earlier post, we have two pigeons residing on top of an owl box in one of our barns. We assume they have chicks, but we aren't sure. The birds are shy and generally fly off if we get too close. But I'm hoping they will eventually get accustomed if not comfortable to our presence. In the mornings they like to perch at one end or the other of our second barn, gazing at the sunrise or with contentment at the grain- and seed-filled pasture before them.
Speaking of grains and seeds, it turns out that these are pigeons' main source of food. Not the discarded, stale, decaying bits of fast food meals or a restaurant's garbage spilling out onto the street from a busted trash bag. Over the winter we plan on providing a pan of millet, oats, rice, and flax. Perhaps this will endear us to our new residents.