National Geographic : 1926 Jan
MAN'S FEATHERED FRIENDS OF LONGEST STANDING Wide World Photograph FINDING COMFORT IN NUMBERS: BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS These birds, huddling beneath a tree on Boston Common during a severe blizzard, look after themselves, as a rule, but their friendliness causes them to respond readily to incidental attention from man (see, also, page 96). men and horses; there are also distance birds, just as there are Marathon runners from Finland and Derby horses from England. Light birds make the sprinters, but the big ones go the route. They make various speeds, according to weather and atmos Iheric conditions. A good average speed, under fair racing conditions, is a little more than 1,200 yards a minute. Pigeons are capable of thirteen hours' sustained flight, and can fly as far as from Chicago to Washington within that pe riod. This means that they travel more swiftly than our fastest trains. It takes the Capitol Limited, the crack train of the Baltimore and ()hio, 3 hours and 29 minutes to travel from Cumber land to Washington; but a pigeon from my loft, several years ago, flew practically the same distance through the air in one hour and 54 minutes. Yet this pigeon did not win his race, because birds from other lofts made even better time!