Of all the light poles in and near downtown Albany, why do flocks of pigeons habitually perch on two or three of them on the northeast end of the Pacific Boulevard overpass? They seem to hang out there all the time, year in and year out, and there must be a reason, but it’s a mystery to me.
The most obvious reason is food. Pigeons, like the rest of us, congregate where they can easily find something to eat. Their natural diet consists if fruit and seeds, but they feed on just about anything edible, especially handouts from people and the crumbs left over at outdoor restaurants..
There are no outdoor restaurants near the three light poles at the northeast end of the railroad overcrossing on Pacific. The closest place with people in it most of the time is Helping Hands, the homeless shelter. If there’s some connection between the shelter and the pigeons, though, I don’t know what it could be. (hh)