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May 26, 2020 8:22 PM   Subscribe

A subreddit devoted to birds taking public transit. In case you were missing your usual commute.
posted by dinty_moore (14 comments total) 20 users marked this as a favorite
 


awww, look at all those adorable human businessmen.
posted by bethnull at 10:32 PM on May 26 [5 favorites]


Commuting Pigeons are the final, greatly diminished descendants of the once-multitudinous Passenger Pigeons...it's quite sad really.
posted by Greg_Ace at 10:32 PM on May 26 [14 favorites]


LET THEM DRIVE THE BUS!!!!
posted by brujita at 11:22 PM on May 26 [12 favorites]


If you ever have cause to doubt the good-heartedness and camaraderie of Chicagoans, watching a CTA car full of people band together to evict a wayward pigeon from the train will dispel that notion.
posted by merriment at 4:22 AM on May 27 [2 favorites]


I always got a big kick out of the pigeons inside North Station walking around like they were trying to figure out what platform their train was on. And the LBBs at South Station foraging in the food court. I like birbs.
posted by briank at 4:43 AM on May 27 [2 favorites]


I've only been on one train that a bird flew into. It was a pigeon. Flew in at one stop, sat on the bench, flew out at the next stop before any of us could shoo her. Totally chill. I figured she had an appointment somewhere.
posted by Mchelly at 5:24 AM on May 27 [5 favorites]


I never realized that "guess the city based on the bus fabric and hardware" was a game.

And the birds are delightful too!
posted by eotvos at 7:37 AM on May 27


I was looking at the reddit sub and I guessed the city, where I've never been, just based on the guy in the image looking at the bird (no, he wasn't wearing any specific-city swag).
posted by praemunire at 7:45 AM on May 27


This guy got on the 1 train at 242nd Street a number of years ago. Lazy bugger left after one stop.
posted by computech_apolloniajames at 8:45 AM on May 27 [2 favorites]


I love this. Why wouldn't animals figure out how to use public transport? They're smart, and humans built a bunch of stuff on their land.
posted by mrgoat at 8:52 AM on May 27


Not exactly public transit, but still ...

No, that's a different subreddit. (Mostly wholesome, but occasionally there will be video of bird strikes and stuff.)

I always got a big kick out of the pigeons inside North Station walking around like they were trying to figure out what platform their train was on.

That might actually be what they were doing. I don't know if there's been a proper study done, but there's certainly anecdotal evidence that they're using the transit systems in a deliberate manner to "commute" between their favourite foraging grounds.
posted by tobascodagama at 9:12 AM on May 27 [3 favorites]


I love this. Why wouldn't animals figure out how to use public transport? They're smart, and humans built a bunch of stuff on their land.

I went to Denali National Park in Alaska, and for a good long while our tour bus was stuck behind a moose walking down the middle of the road. The guide was like, "Yeah, they use the roads all the time; much easier than slogging through the regular landscape."
posted by aka burlap at 9:25 AM on May 27 [2 favorites]


If crows can figure out how to get cars to crack nuts for them I have no problem believing birds can intentionally use a train to commute.

My favorite of these so far is the turkey poised to board an MBTA bus.
posted by en forme de poire at 11:54 AM on May 27 [1 favorite]


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