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Visit the dovecotes of France Dovecotes of France. In the Fall of 2008 the Pigeoncote hosts explored Brittany, France to record the many dovecotes to be found in that region. The trip covers 19 days and the pages are layout to make following along easy. Come take a look at the dovecotes of Brittany.
Dovecote at Cothele click for larger image

The Pigeon Cote Presents, the fully annotated second edition of Dovecotes of Great Britain. We made our first visit to Great Britain in 1998 to record the dovecotes of old described by Cooke in his work Book of Dovecotes. We were very happy to find that many, many of the dovecotes he described nearly one hundred years ago are not only still there, but many have found loving sponsors that have maintained them in pristine condition. In 2006 we made a second trip to try to find some we just didn't have time to get to during our previous five week visit, and we again were well rewarded. It took me until 2008 to prepare all the new material and include it on the updated web site.  We have added a lot of annotation, displayed in green on standard browsers, and many more photographs.


Here is a site you can visit time and again with some great colored photography of many of the cotes. Cooke's original work is shown as plain black text so you can easily distinguish Cooke's original work from the annotations provided by so many. Thanks to you all.

The Lancaster National Pigeon Show Slide Show:  Every year the National Pigeon Association puts on a pigeon show of national scope.  It is the largest pigeon show in the States with thousands of pigeons in hundreds of breeds competing for the top honors.
Pigeon Color Slide Show:  Introduction to pigeon colors, the first pigeon slide show on the web.
free at sea
Scientific American in the August 17, 1895 issue published the method and results of their experiment of releasing pigeons at sea to learn if they could be a valuable asset to navigation, and as any pigeon fancier knows - the could. Read the entire article here to learn more.
Click for article Scientific American in its July 12th issue, presented an article about carrier pigeons being used by the French army even though the wireless telegraph had become available. The Hertzian waves as it was called then was still considered a bit new fangled and unreliable, while the pigeons had proven themselves over the centuries.
Everyone knows about pigeons. Or at least they think they do. If you live in a city, you've seen them flocking in parks, posing on statues, fluttering above busy streets. In the country, they strut along barn roofs, scratch in fields, and perform amazing aerial feats to elude hawks and other predators. Other pigeons loiter at suburban bird feeders.
National Geographic: June 1913.  Pigeon Whistles.
 A brand new site covering pigeon whistles.

National Geographic: January 1926.  Man's Feathered Friends of Longest Standing.   A must read pigeon article!

Parachuting Pigeons Now Serve With U. S. Paratroopers:  Dropped in wire baskets or strapped to soldiers' chests, carrier pigeons fly messages back to headquarters when radio or runners cannot be used
Bird Lore was published six times per year for the National Audubon Society. It featured articles about different bird species, with photographs and beautiful color plates.  The volume featured here, for March-April 1913, has four articles about the Passenger Pigeon.  At that time, there was one known specimen left.


Read this most interesting article about the beginning of racing  Homing Pigeons in the States: The Century Magazine: July 1886
 Weak Brain? Eat canned squab