16 May 2014

Wild Pigeon Roost in Helena Parish, Louisiana

The Baton Rouge (Lou.) Gazette describes a roost in that vicinity, which has been occupied by wild pigeons for two winters as follows: — It forms an area of some three miles in the parish of Helena. We were on the ground with our fowling-pieces in the winter of '52, when the whole forest was literally darkened, and swayed to and fro with the weight of this living load. We fired among them until faint with the exertion of loading, when we seated ourselves on the ground, in possession of a long pole we had cut, and thrashed away bringing several to the ground at a blow.

June 25, 1855. Wild pigeons. Richmond Dispatch 7(149): 1.