February 20th, 2002
International Federation of American Homing Pigeon Fanciers
289 West Valley Stream Blvd.
Valley Stream, NY 11580
Dear Mr. Smith,
I am writing you today concerning my newly developed hobby with homing pigeons. I started this hobby last September when I bought my first 30 pigeons at a local flea market. From what I was told, these birds would always be able to fly back home from wherever you release them in the world. I thought that this was an amazing fact.
I was able to quickly build a pen for these birds in my backyard. They would often fly out and about and always come back before nightfall. I would frequently watch in amazement as they flew overhead together, around and around the neighborhood in circles.
As my wife and I were preparing for a trip to Australia in November, I thought that this would be a good chance to give the birds their first long-distance flight back home. I was able to bring all of the birds with me on our trip. Shortly after arriving in Sydney, I released the birds.
I expected that the birds would arrive a week or two after my return home in early December. However, it’s now February, and not one of the birds has made it back.
How long does it take these birds to travel from Australia to central Texas?
Fly home, pigeon, fly home!!!