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I once had a banded pigeon that stopped here regularly to tank up on cracked corn that I set out to feed the birds. I saw the band on his leg through the scope on my Wildcat. I thought it was somebody's pet so I let him alone. I don't know how I noticed the band before I squeezed the trigger, but I did. I kept a few pet pigeons when I was a kid, but I never banded them. Neither did I ever let them out of their coop. 

Please don't allow my story to be perceived as a closet criticism. I've killed a veritable mountain of feral pigeons in my life. They used to be a plague in these parts. I rarely see any today.