Thursday, June 14, 2007
My pigeons are a breed known as Tipplers; they are endurance flyers, able to remain in the air for many hours. When released from the loft, the flock circles upward, sometimes reaching a height which nearly takes them out of sight. While the pigeons often fly in a circle which may be several miles across, the center remains over their home loft. A clear day with a slight breeze is the most conducive to high, long flights. When the wind blows strongly, the Tipplers will remain at low altitude, skimming close over the mesquite and creosote bush which surrounds our property at great speed. Perhaps they are afraid of being blown too far from home, and they usually will soon flutter back to the loft roof on such windy days.