Wednesday, July 24, 2024

‘BEAKING NEWS’: Exotic Pigeon Rescue at Blairstown Halloween Parade

The Halloween celebration was quite a spectacular event this year. The cheerful community paraded downtown on October 31st in an array of creative costumes and pageantry, escorted by the big red fire engine of Blairstown Hose Company No. 1 to its final destination at the costume judging contest at the Agway.

During the festivities, an exotic gray pigeon was noticed on the windshield of a car parked behind Gourmet Gallery. The bird was pecking at berries and wasn’t even startled by costumed passersby. The pigeon’s iridescent green head and beautiful black stripes fit right in with the costumed gayety of the occasion.

‘Polly Pigeon’. likely a homing pigeon due to its band, had Blairstown’s Halloween Parade revelers in awe during her unexpected stop in town. Photo by MB Journe, Oct. 2022

When the owners of the bird’s new roost returned to the vehicle, they were amazed that it did not fly away and just stared at them through the windshield. They started the car and turned on the wiper. It just slid off and stayed on the car with what appeared to be a confused look.

Could it have crashed into the windshield and broken its wing? Could it be one of Alfred Hitchcock’s disgruntled birds looking for revenge? Could it be a homing pigeon looking for a place to nest? Might its name be Waldo? Could it be a stoolie? These were some of the questions asked by some in the crowd that was forming. The tired trick or treaters were flabbergasted.

After a few attempts to coax the bird off the car, someone ran for help. Luckily, Monica Zimmerman, an employee at the Gourmet Gallery and dressed as an adorable elf for the occasion, sprang into action. “I have bird gloves in my car!” Zimmerman exclaimed.

Of course, Monica Zimmerman had the right gear for the rescue. Artwork by MB Journe, Oct. 2022

She soon sported padded gloves that ran all the way up her arm like a falconer. (See Ridge View Echo 9/26, Issue 17 story “INTERESTING FOLKS: Blairstown’s Monica Zimmerman Turns her Home into Welcoming Animal House” for more details about Zimmerman)

As she approached the pigeon, he dove under the car and tried to hide behind the muffler, but he was quickly scooped up into Zimmerman’s gloves. Everyone cooed with delight as she calmed the creature, stroking its head. She held the pigeon securely while Blairstonians, ghosts and goblins, pet this new feathered visitor to town.

It goes to show, birds of a feather do flock together.

Yelens Choban
MB Journe, Contributing Writer
Contributing Writer

MB has been a resident of Frelinghuysen for the past 22 years. She lives in an old farmhouse on the side of the road. She enjoys the simple life, puttering in her flower garden, practicing Qi Gong under her redbud tree, or creating art on the deck.
MB's experience as a journalist began when her son was quite young, she began writing for The Paulinskill Valley Chronicle, often bringing him to work with her. Her responsibilities were writing articles with photos, selling ads, and billing. This suited her, as a single mother not wanting to be separated from her small child.

She considers herself a lover of nature, often seen photographing its beauty. She has worked as a seasonal employee of YMCA Camp Mason for the past 17 years. She is a teacher and mentor of children, always emphasizing the YMCA’s core values - caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. She tries to listen carefully to each individual she interviews, getting their viewpoint. That is why she likes to write about the interesting people and places that make Warren County such a nice place to live.