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A Pocket Guide to Pigeon Watching: 12/23/21
A Pocket Guide to Pigeon Watching by Rosemary Mosco is a comprehensive, well illustrated, and humorous account of all things pigeon (and dove). As a kid in San Diego there were two main groups of birds: pigeons and gulls. Pigeons (and mourning doves) were inland. Gulls were at the coast. My grandmother loved them all and they were a big part of my life.
While my grandmother never kept pigeons, we knew someone who did. I can remember touring different dovecotes and marveling at the exotic looking birds. Mosco covers the history of keeping pigeons, including some famous people who did — like Charles Darwin.
The book also includes an easy to understand (yet comprehensive) breakdown of pigeon genetics. What gives them their coloring, shape, and feather types.
Up here in the Bay Area I don't see any many pigeons. I think it's because we have so many birds of prey. There are a few pockets of them — namely around certain fast food joints and freeway overpasses. But the vast flocks of them that I recall from my childhood just aren't here.