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1,500 Homing Pigeons Get Lost During Race...

by Blake Cook / July 22, 2004 5:12 AM PDT

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) - Organizers of a race for homing pigeons were still scratching their heads in wonder Thursday after about 1,500 of the birds, famous for their ability to find their way home, went missing during the contest.

Of the 2,000 pigeons let loose last week, only about 500 have returned to their lofts after the 150-kilometer (93 mile) flight between the cities of Ljungby and Malmoe in southern Sweden, said Lars-Aake Nilsson of the Malmoe Homing Pigeon Club.

"The weather was perfect - no rain, no thunder and no strong winds," he said.

In past races, the birds, all of which sport electronic identification tags around their feet, made the journey in about two hours.

But at Sunday's race, something went wrong.

"I have worked with pigeons since 1960 and have never experienced anything like this," Nilsson said, adding that the birds might have been thrown off course by subtle changes in the earth's magnetic field.

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(NT) (NT) They didn't have to fly over a gun club, did they? ;-)
by Cindi Haynes / July 22, 2004 5:15 AM PDT
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(NT) (NT) Re: that was really clever
by Mary Kay / July 22, 2004 8:24 AM PDT
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(NT) (NT) It's called a squab air buffet!
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Check out PBS latest on Magnetism.
by James Denison / July 22, 2004 5:25 AM PDT

The earth's magnetic poles may be getting ready to do a flip flop in this millenium. During this time anomalies will increase in size and frequency. I satellite captured information of the earth's magnetic field on that day might show a possible explanation. Notice also this is a very northern country and the anomalies are greatest at the polar regions.

Or it could just be the pigeons all heard about Sweden's laws allowing bestiality and decided to get the 'ell outa there.

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Magnetoreceptors
by James Denison / July 23, 2004 2:49 AM PDT
http://users.rcn.com/jkimball.ma.ultranet/BiologyPages/M/Magnetoreceptors.html

Some examples:

* Homing pigeons become disoriented when magnets are placed at the sides of their head. However, this disorientation occurs only on cloudy days, suggesting that their ability to navigate by magnetic cues is a backup system. * Woodmice, taken from their home territory to a new location 40 m away, normally orient toward home (left side of figure). But if, while they are being moved, they are exposed to a magnetic field that is just the reverse of the earth's magnetic field ? and they are not allowed to see the surrounding terrain ? they orient away from their home (right side of figure).
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Re: 1,500 Homing Pigeons Get Lost During Race...
by Rolway / July 22, 2004 8:41 AM PDT

They might be Republican Pigeons on their way to Boston to....well, you know what pigeons do.

George

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(NT) (NT) Re: something about the pecking order :-)
by Mary Kay / July 22, 2004 9:48 AM PDT
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(NT) (NT) Re: (NT) Re: They are also party poopers too MK :-)
by Rolway / July 22, 2004 9:55 AM PDT
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(NT) (NT) Hmm, SE comedians are "winging" routines again :-)
by Steven Haninger / July 22, 2004 11:05 AM PDT
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(NT) (NT) Re: In a BIG way
by Mary Kay / July 22, 2004 11:14 AM PDT
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Hey, I found those pigeons.
by James Denison / July 22, 2004 1:26 PM PDT
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(NT) (NT) LOL :-)
by Blake Cook / July 22, 2004 2:12 PM PDT
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Re: Hey, I found those pigeons.
by Mary Kay / July 22, 2004 11:47 PM PDT

And on the subject of power plants. it was our power plant here in Ohio that was blamed for last summer's mega power outage. Just wanted to warn you. We have had several unexplained outages here recently . So get your candles ready and stay close to home Happy

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What's 'Shoo, pigeons!' in Swedish?
by Paul C / July 23, 2004 5:24 AM PDT

I really think I need to know...;)

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Re: What's 'Shoo, pigeons!' in Swedish?
by Rolway / July 23, 2004 6:26 AM PDT

Shoo Fly Pie and Apple Pan Dowdy??? Sorry I really don't know Paul, but thats all I can think of. Confused

George

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