We were encouraged by the pigeon’s owner to release the bird on a nice day, a few miles from the museum. As you can see in the video I used proper pigeon release protocol! Even though Katy lost track of him with the camera, I watched him fly off over the horizon.
Perhaps not surprisingly, the pigeon opted for the shorter route and flew back to the museum within 24 hours. You can see on the map below what a straight line path back to the museum would look like. With a flying speed of around 30 mph, the pigeon probably had no trouble making it back to the farmyard before nightfall.
Stay tuned for more pigeon updates as we try to get the pigeon back home.
In the mean time, what should we call the pigeon? Keeper Jill calls him Pigey (with “j” sound). I like Homer, since it is a homing pigeon. Please submit your favorite name in the comments section.