16 May 2014

Pigeon Roost in Decatur County

The Pigeon Roost in Decatur county, Indiana, extends over a distance of twenty eight miles. It is about fourteen miles wide. The birds have not nested at this roost for thirty years until this spring. Over this vast extent of country every tree has from ten to fifteen nests, and every nest at least one bird. The young are now hardly able to fly, and the shooting is mere slaughter. The old birds leave early in the morning in search of food, and return in the evening.

May 26, 1858. [Pigeon Roost in Decatur County.] Western Reserve Chronicle 42(11): 2. Excerpt June 10, 1858 in the Jeffersonian.