[CT Birds] How Pigeons Navigate
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Thu Apr 26 19:49:08 EDT 2012
In response to this article..........
NYTimes Sci: How Pigeons Navigate by Magnetic -
The homing ability of Pigeons has been studied extensively, and those
who fly "Homing" pigeons also have their thoughts on this.
The one thing that separates the Pigeons homing instinct from other
birds, including wild Migrants, is this. Through training, Pigeons become
home oriented to their loft through being released at increasing miles each
Eventually, they become imprinted to the exact direction/ location of their home
What separates them from most other birds, is their homing instinct being
correct no mater what direction they are released from. Be it NSEW or anything
How they accomplish this feat is still a mystery. Many Homing Pigeon races are
done from distances of 100 to 600 or more miles, and most birds make that
distance back to the home loft within a day! This multi directional homing,
especially from any random direction, is to me and many others, a mystery that
we may never know
the answer to. And i for one am happy to know, this natural ability may forever
stay a secret.
Also - in recent years, Homing Pigeon breeder/racers are encountering strange
happenings with their racing birds. More birds are being lost (not arriving home
to their lofts) than ever before. Many speculate it might be caused by the
recent increase of communication air waves, such as the ones sent out by cell
phones, radio/TV stations, Radar and others. Can the increase in these airwaves
possibly have an influence in their homing abilities?
Paul Carrier - Harwinton
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