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[PHOTO] Pigeons of St. Lawrence Market

Pigeons of St. Lawrence Market (2) #toronto #stlawrencemarket #marketstreet #birds #pigeons

Pigeons of St. Lawrence Market (2) #toronto #stlawrencemarket #marketstreet #birds #pigeons

Written by Randy McDonald

December 3, 2019 at 9:45 am

[PHOTO] Black and white pigeon, Church Street

Black and white pigeon #toronto #churchstreet #churchandwellesley #boutiquebar #pigeons #birds #black #white

Written by Randy McDonald

June 13, 2019 at 10:00 am

[PHOTO] Two pigeons, on a parking lot near Wellesley station

My eye yesterday evening was caught by the brown pigeon at the centre of this photo, consorting with other birds of its kind on the parking lot just south of Wellesley station. Its plumage was particularly gorgeous.

Two pigeons #toronto #churchandwellesley #wellesleystreet #parkinglot #birds #pigeons #latergram

Written by Randy McDonald

March 21, 2019 at 10:06 am

[PHOTO] Two pigeons, coal-black, at Eglinton Station

Two pigeons, coal-black

I rather liked the style of these two pigeons I saw perched by the buses at Eglinton Station.

Written by Randy McDonald

June 14, 2017 at 9:00 am

[PHOTO] Pigeons of Bathurst station, Toronto

Pigeons of Bathurst #toronto #bathurststreet #birds #pigeons #bathurst

Though the TTC is still trying to keep this flock of pigeons away from Bathurst station, the cries of hawks still resounding, the flock has moved outside to the street.

Written by Randy McDonald

January 6, 2016 at 10:24 am

[BLOG] Some Monday links

  • blogTO looks at the role of the pigeon in Toronto.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze considers the first steps towards estimates of the distribution of planets across the Milky Way Galaxy.
  • The Dragon’s Tales notes the discovery of a herbivorous plant.
  • Joe. My. God. notes an American homophobic preacher who argues that Russia will nuke the US for being gay-friendly, and notes the Polish parliament’s rejection of legislation on civil unions.
  • Language Hat notes, contra Chomsky, that there is no such thing as a language instinct.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money mocks opposition to lifting the Cuban embargo and notes Rudolph Guiliani’s support for whatever the police do.
  • Marginal Revolution looks at American representation in North Korean films and reports on the Chinese reaction to The Interview.
  • pollotenchegg maps population change across Ukraine over 2014.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer notes the effect, or lack thereof, of global economic shocks on Argentina.
  • Peter Rukavina shares the script he used to strip The Guardian (of Charlottetown) website of ads.
  • Torontoist describes the history of the Mail and Empire.
  • Towleroad links to the interview of the widowed partner of Sydney siege victim Tori Johnson.
  • Window on Eurasia notes the departure of migrant labourers from Russia, looks at Russian preferences to keep a pro-Russian Donbas within Ukraine, and looks at the ideological issues surrounding Russia’s opposition to Ukraine and the West.
  • Yorkshire Ranter Alex Harrowell reports on right-wing party politics in England.

[PHOTO] Pigeon on St. Clair

Standing last Sunday on the island for eastbound streetcars on St. Clair Avenue at Dufferin Street, I saw this white-feathered pigeon calmly strutting about. Two women standing next to me threw it potato chips, quickly getting that since pigeons can’t chew they’d have to crumble the chips. The pigeon seemed interested.

Pigeon on St. Clair (1)

Pigeon on St. Clair (2)

Pigeon on St. Clair (3)

Written by Randy McDonald

March 31, 2013 at 6:18 pm

[URBAN NOTE] “TTC keeping pigeons away from Bathurst station with sounds of distressed birds”

Pigeons are some of the most visible animals in urban Toronto’s ecosystem. They might be flying rats, and the average pigeon might be less cute than squirrels, but there’s still something endearing about their intensity and attractive about their plumage. Are they not just latter-day dinosaurs, and therefore cool? I’m fond of this picture I took in 2011 of a crowd of pigeons enjoying a feedback by a midtown Toronto school on Wychwood Avenue.

Pigeons by the school fence

That said, pigeons have always infested the Bathurst TTC station. It is pleasantly bright, a large modernistic construction of glass and metal that allows pigeons to easily fly in, and out, of the station. (I’ve seen a couple at track level.) How can you keep them from roosting? Spiked signs help, like the one pictured below.

To keep the pigeons away at Bathurst

As explained by the Toronto Star, recordings of pigeon cries of distress do a better job.

Those screechy, squawky pigeon distress sounds, which TTC riders and staff are hearing with annoying regularity (every 10 minutes, for two minutes), are coming from a device the transit system has bought for a test run and installed on a wall.

The Bird Chase Super Sonic is made by a U.S.-based company called Bird-B-Gone, which sells a slew of products designed to do what its name says.

The Bathurst station pigeons have already got the message, says Brad Ross, TTC communications director.

The dozens of pigeons that used to get into the station and hang around, probably drawn by the smell of the bakery inside the terminal and the tendency of some to share their crumbs, are gone, says Ross. They’ve retreated outside, since the TTC started using the Bird Chase about six weeks ago.

And that’s meant a huge drop in the incidence of pigeon poop, an eyesore and possible hazard to health, not to mention your hat and parka.

In addition, Ross says there are now posted signs asking people not to feed the pigeons and the TTC has installed spikes in areas where pigeons might nest.

The pigeons may not have gone far — Ross says they seem to be hanging around outside on telephone wires — but the distress sounds seem to be keeping them from coming back inside.

Yes, the sounds are irritating.

Written by Randy McDonald

February 27, 2013 at 2:14 am

[PHOTO] Pigeon debris

Something happened to a pigeon on an Annex sidewalk, something that left clumps of the bird’s feathers scattered on the cement. (There was no sign of more of the bird elsewhere.)

Pigeon debris

Written by Randy McDonald

November 27, 2012 at 5:34 pm

[PHOTO] Two pigeons in love

Two pigeons in love (1) by randyfmcdonald
Two pigeons in love (1) a photo by randyfmcdonald on Flickr.

A composite of two separate photos I took one chill winter night, this one and that one,, this shows a pair of pigeons huddled close to an apartment building laundry room window one chill night.

Written by Randy McDonald

March 5, 2011 at 1:27 am

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