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Monday, July 28, 2008

Never Mind the Critical Mass Melee…

posted by on July 28 at 9:48 AM

…here’s the dart pigeon.

From Hot Tipper Scott:


Hello Last Days,

Not sure how many dart-pigeon sightings you have received in the past few months, but I was working downtown yesterday and spotted this pigeon at the corner of 3rd and Union with two darts in him—one completely through his head and the other lodged in his wing. Looks like the same pigeon that was featured earlier—amazing that it is still alive.

I managed to take about 100 photos while attracting the curiosity of passers-by, who seemed to be having almost too much fun: ‘That is fucked up!” (yes) and ‘Did you do that to him?!’ (no) and ‘Take my picture with it! (huh).

I hate pigeons as much as the next guy, but this is wrong and effed up. I called Seattle animal control in case they were interested in obtaining the bird and hopefully catching those responsible for this. My call was met with indifference, though I suppose I can understand. I hung around for about an hour, but they never showed up.

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For some reason a lot of people seem to think that blowguns are good for hunting birds. I've seen this four or five times over the last 15 years or so. Not always pigeons -- sometimes it's ducks or crows, but still: bird with blowdart sticking out of it.

It's sick, but people are stupid. I think some of them just need to make the mistake to know that it is a mistake.

Posted by Judah | July 27, 2008 10:08 PM

This picture is no different from the last (better zoom? higher res?)

why u make sad me?

Posted by Non | July 28, 2008 10:05 AM

yes it is terrible. UNLESS the blowdarts are from a homeless man hunting those pigeons for food.
then, well, it's actually quite cool.

Posted by brett | July 28, 2008 10:05 AM

If one really wants to eat squab, there are hunting darts available - wider triangular tips with razor edges that might actually kill a pigeon. (Never done it - I'm just saying.)

Posted by pox | July 28, 2008 10:06 AM

I keep telling you people, put rat poison in a bunch of bird seed and then feed it to the pigeons. Blow darts are just not all that effective.

Posted by Andrew | July 28, 2008 10:07 AM

Animal control doesn't generally handle wildlife. Just pets.

Posted by violet_dagrinder | July 28, 2008 10:11 AM

It isn't "amazing" that the dumb bird is still alive. This isn't "wrong and effed up" to the point of receiving more attention. Seattle Animal Control does not give a shit about another surplus pigeon with a dart through its surplus head.

This guy is an idiot. Yeah, wait for them. Wait a full hour. Wait so they can show up and look at the stupid bird with you. Maybe if you both stare at the bird long enough, you'll be able to channel the mind of the psychopath responsible for this, and go catch him, because he's really close, obviously, because birds don't trav...never mind.

Posted by Mr. Poe | July 28, 2008 10:12 AM

That pigeon is obviously a comedian, in the old-school Steve Martin style.

Posted by JC | July 28, 2008 10:14 AM

PETA has actually offered monetary compensation to anyone who has info re: the culprit(s).

More proof that humans are some seriously SICK F*#ks.

Posted by Julie Russell | July 28, 2008 10:19 AM

If the dart shooter wants a more sporting target he should hang out along the Fremont-Ballard section of the Burke Gilman Trail and shoot the rats that regularly cruise along it as their little freeway to Fremont. My theory is that they returning from dining forrays in Ballard to their Fremont home: Suzie Burke's vagina.

Posted by kinaidos | July 28, 2008 10:21 AM

Everybody knows the best way to catch pigeons for food is using a net.

And Suzie has feelings too, by the way. How many parks have you built?

Posted by Will in Seattle | July 28, 2008 10:28 AM

This is f'd up.

Now, if a Peregrine Falcon were to swoop down and tear that Pigeon into tasty morsels, that'd be way cool.

Posted by jebus h. xst | July 28, 2008 11:13 AM

This is still happening? Ugh. Whoever is doing this needs to get a life. I say that because I'm guessing that any person who would torture pigeons for fun probably doesn't have much in the way of friends and/or productive activities in their life.

Posted by Hernandez | July 28, 2008 11:19 AM

One of the scientists here brought her young son in to work - one of his more interesting questions was "are there any falcons or eagles that live here?" - which is a good question if you have a tall building.

Posted by Will in Seattle | July 28, 2008 11:31 AM

@5 - If I caught you doing that, you'd need a professional food tester for every meal you would sit down to for the rest of your fucking life.

Posted by Don't fuck with the pigeons - or me | July 28, 2008 12:20 PM

@14 Wow, you must work in a tall building. Cool.

Posted by chet | July 28, 2008 12:56 PM

I have some experience hunting birds with blowguns in my pre-teen years. As others mentioned, there are shorter, thicker hunting darts that more easily deliver a fatal blow. However, even the target darts can still work well against pigeons/doves. The best place to hit them is through the breast though. Usually they will take off, beat their wings a few times, and then drop dead to the ground. Sometimes there will be a disturbing gurgling noise and the bird will kind of seize up as it dies.

Posted by Luke | July 28, 2008 8:56 PM

Hey, there were a dozen pigeons on that sidewalk, and they had me cornered! I think I heard one talk about pooping on my head. I just wanted to puff through my blowgun to, you know, scare them away! I didn't know the (blow) gun was loaded!

Posted by CP | July 28, 2008 10:24 PM

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