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Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Chigeon or picken?!

Last month, I saw the birds in the picture above when I went on a little overnight bicycle camping trip along the C & O Canal Towpath.
(My heavily-laden bike in background)

Anyway, these birds appeared to be some type of chicken and pigeon/dove hybrid. They had feather-tufted feet and tail feathers that could be fanned out, just as one of those in the picture has on display. Also, they seemed quite habituated to humans, as they allowed us to approach quite close while remaining apparently unperturbed.

My buddy Bob, who sometimes posts comments here as Bob_inSpain suggested that perhaps they were chigeons, to which I responded with another possibility: pickens.
(Not to be confused with Slim, of course!)

The Birds were in the exact same location when we rode down on Saturday as when we rode back on Sunday.

In any case, this unfamiliar species (unfamiliar to me, at least) piqued my curiosity, so I took their picture.

Any ornithologists out there?

17 Comments:

Blogger boberin said...

Those are quite odd indeed. I hope someone knows more than I and can tell us what they might be.
Good trip I hope!

September 06, 2006 9:35 AM  
Blogger JR said...

With a couple thousand breeds of chickens and even more breeds of pigeons, good luck...

A comb on the top of head makes it a chicken...

Wonder if pigeon tastes like chicken???

September 06, 2006 12:27 PM  
Blogger Maggie said...

Camo,
I wonder if a picken tastes like chigeon?

Birds of different feathers flock together.

Cock-a doodle-coo.

September 06, 2006 1:30 PM  
Blogger Island Girl TLA said...

ummm kinda makes you wonder why there is such a concern on the "BIRD flu".

Libby Gone commented on the "Bird" Flu if I recall in the past.

Way too many "birds" around here.

September 06, 2006 2:05 PM  
Blogger Barb said...

Nah, Chigeons and Pickens don't taste like Chicken , they taste like Frog Legs.

September 06, 2006 2:34 PM  
Blogger Hawkeye® said...

Wow! my apologies Camo. I don't know how THAT happened!?!? That last set of comments came from my blog over at the "View". What I actually wrote was....
______________________

You got me! I'm not a bird-brain. Although I know a few people who would disagree with that last statement.

(:D) Regards...

September 06, 2006 3:57 PM  
Blogger Libby Gone™ said...

Hey if you people only knew the slang use of "BIRD" in our circle of friends.........

September 06, 2006 4:04 PM  
Blogger Island Girl TLA said...

Oh one more thing...regarding your statment "The Birds were in the exact same location when we rode down on Saturday as when we rode back on Sunday."

Do you think they may be "yard birds" LOL

Maybe they are supposed to be "pink" LOL

September 06, 2006 4:10 PM  
Blogger Nylecoj said...

The Yardbirds? Were there any guitars around?

September 06, 2006 4:21 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

boberin:
I hope so too. Other than being a bit saddle sore at the end (get it?), it was a good trip, yes.

How was yours?

JR:
No comb on the top of their heads, and I didn't taste 'em.

Maggie:
I'll bet they'd taste similar.

"Cock-a doodle-coo", huh? I like it!

Island Girl TLA:
Those birds never flew while I was around.

They may well have been "yard birds", but if they'd been pink they would be flamingos...in which case I wouldn't have asked. :-)

Barb:
Funny you should mention frog legs; I was just talking about them this past weekend. Since when I've had those they really did taste like chicken, to me it made no sense to pay the higher price they command. Just get the chicken, y'know?

Hawkeye®:
No worries on the extra comments, I made 'em go "bye-bye".

As for whether you're a bird-brain, I would argue otherwise.

Libby Gone™:
Slang use of "bird" in your circle of friends? When I was a child (I spoke like a child...) it was used euphemistically (not that I knew THAT word then) for a certain anatomical feature. But the Brits use it as slang for a female, and there's always "flipping the bird", too.

Nylecoj:
Actually, I was thinking of The Byrds, instead...

September 06, 2006 5:05 PM  
Blogger benning said...

They're certainly different. I await the uncovering of the facts! LOL

To everything, turn, turn, turn ...

September 06, 2006 5:40 PM  
Blogger Nylecoj said...

Ah well I had Eric Clapton on the brain. Steve Miller did one of his songs this weekend during his concert at Bumbershhot.

September 06, 2006 9:29 PM  
Blogger JannyMae said...

Hmm. I ain't never seen no birds what looked like that before.

I'll do some investigatin'!

September 07, 2006 12:19 AM  
Blogger JannyMae said...

Looks like they may be fantail white pigeons!

September 07, 2006 12:25 AM  
Blogger camojack said...

benning:
No, it's: Turn! Turn! Turn!

Quite Ecclesiastical.

Nylecoj:
Having Eric Clapton on the brain isn't such a bad thing...unless it's "Wonderful Tonight". He says those two words so many times in that song that it really grates on my nerves. Kinda like that Mellencamp song "Small Town".

JannyMae:
You're good; it would appear that fantail white pigeons is what they are, thanks!!!

I hate not knowing stuff...

September 07, 2006 1:27 AM  
Blogger Hawkeye® said...

I went to a Byrds concert once... Man, now I feel old!

(:[) Regards...

September 08, 2006 8:57 AM  
Blogger camojack said...

Hawkeye®:
Well, you're only as old as you feel...

September 08, 2006 4:34 PM  

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