Friday, April 13, 2007

The Way Things Used to Be: Passenger Pigeons in New York City

The following very brief note (.pdf) appeared in the October 1960 issue of The Auk:
Hugh Gaine, an Irish-born printer and bookseller, who landed in New York in 1745 “without basket or burden,” ran a print shop across from the Old-Slip Market and established the “New-York Mercury.” On Monday, 11 March 1754, on page 3, he recorded: “Yesterday we had the greatest Flight of Pidgeons over this City, that has been known for many Years past, so early in the Season.”
Could this two-sentence note be the shortest contribution ever published by any of the major ornithological publications?

Citation: Sherman, Constance D. 1960. Eighteenth-century observation of flight of Passenger (?) Pigeons over New York City. Auk 77: 474-475.


Blogger Larry said...

It may be short but it lets you know their were plenty of pigeons around.

April 13, 2007 10:44 PM  

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