Wednesday, August 31, 2011

How do you solve a problem like Petunia?

Now the problem is that Edgar has to grow in a flower pot next to his deceased sibling (poor Petunia). Do I reach in and scoop her out? I don't think I could suppress the gag reflex.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Another hot day

August 2, 2011.

The observant reader will notice that I am about a month behind when it comes to posting, so when I refer to the heat wave, I am doing it from memory. Today, August 25th, everyone in New York is getting ready for hurricane Irene. 

It's been a tough first week out of the egg for these guys. And it doesn't get much better. 

Coming soon... tragedy strikes the flower pot...

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

More heat

August 1, 2011.

Still a brutal heat wave. Edgar and Petunia are out there all day with no cover. You can see that their eyes are fully open, their beaks look more developed, their wings are coming in and their skin looks darker today. Pigeon development.

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Friday, August 19, 2011

Heat wave - fried squab

July 31, 2011.

Edgar and Petunia don't look anything like pigeons yet but they are developing quickly. They have bright yellow fur. This summer has been pretty mild so far, but this day the heat and humidity kicked in.

Hot squab

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Francine - Squab Sitting

July 30, 2011.

Most mornings I am up too late to see Francine. By the time I get up she has already flown off to find food, leaving Edgar and Petunia alone. This morning, though, I happened to catch her before she went on her rounds.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011


Squabs. Out of the egg - day two.

July 29, 2011.

They made it through the night. Today they are a little more alert. Pink with yellow fur. Their beaks look almost full grown.

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And to give you an idea of scale:

Monday, August 15, 2011

And then there were two

July 28, 2011.

Introducing Petunia

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Sunday, August 14, 2011

Meet Edgar

July 27, 2011.

Strange. This morning when I looked outside, Francine did not fly away.

Closer inspection reveals why.

Urban myth no more - we have squab. 

Meet little Edgar.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Tomatoes and Basil

Every morning, I poke my head out the window to water my plants. I am growing tomatoes, basil, cilantro and peppers on my fire escape... or I should say, trying to grow. Actually, one of my tomtatoes is looking pretty promising, and so far, basil seems to be easy. Cilantro, not so good.

So, I noticed that every morning when I would open the window, a pigeon (whom I now know to be Francine) would jump up from my left onto the fire escape.

That's when I noticed the eggs.... July 23, 2011. Still eggs...

I can't take the suspense!

Musical Interlude

I've been getting a lot of grief for not posting quickly enough, so until the next post (eggs? squabs?) enjoy this classic:

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Pigeon eggs - Nest contents

July 21, 2011.

Still eggs. What you see here is a typical pigeon nest. Feathers, eggs, and RF cable connectors.

Coming soon at Squab Spot: Emergence

Monday, August 8, 2011

Meet Francine

 July 20, 2011.

I noticed these birds hanging out on my fire escape. I never did figure out his name, but that is Francine on the right.

And here is the first sight of the pigeon eggs.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Once thought to be a myth: The Elusive Baby Pigeon

This summer a pigeon laid eggs in a flower pot on my fire escape. Every morning I have been photographing the nest - check in daily for new photos.