Video recorded July 1st, 2016. Duration: 4 minutes, 10 seconds.
As the day began, a group of wild homing pigeons who have been nesting inside the walls of an apartment building remained trapped within a netted courtyard where building management had made no effort to provide the trapped birds with access to food and water. The birds are especially evident while trapped within and unable to leave the courtyard to forage. Their confinement so near to their many nests within the walls causes the birds to become agitated, unusually territorial and somewhat noisy.
The camera operator pans about the courtyard, unsure what is happening at the time. No notices had been posted of work to be performed outside and over tenants' windows. The netting above the courtyard is at times not visible in the video due to the recording device failing to adjust to the light of the sky.
On this day, for their sixth failed attempt in recent months, workers arrived to deal with the issue by attempting to drive the birds out from within their nests and away from the courtyard. The trapped birds had gathered about the fire escape in the southeast corner of the courtyard as is their custom during repeated periods of confinement. Workers began the day's futile efforts by re-opening a small corner of the netting above the fire escape, which had been open previously for two months and which workers had closed six days prior. The appearance at the edge of the roof of the workers whose actions have repeatedly terrorized these birds, caused the birds to immediately fly away from the opening which the workers were creating above.
If the goal of the visit had been merely to abate or reduce the noticeable presence of the birds then the workers could well have stopped at this point, leaving the corner of the netting open which would allow the previously trapped birds visible within the courtyard at the time to leave and forage. No need to further endanger the birds with poles, bricks or water hoses. Simply leave the netting open and the birds willingly spend much of the day away, returning only to trade places with their mates who are tending eggs and young in their nests. Instead, the workers continue their doomed mission to try to rid the courtyard of birds, again.
As a worker moves across the roof to the opposite side of the courtyard where the birds have gathered, a bird leaves the wall and descends lower into the courtyard where holes in the brick walls lead to nests within. Away from the men, not up and toward them. A couple of older, wiser birds head for the newly opened exit of their own accord. It's been hours since dawn and they are already late to their day's work of searching for the tablespoon or two of crumbs on which they survive each day.
The remaining visible birds are repeatedly scared back and forth across the courtyard by the men located around the roof's edge - vertically between the birds and their sky. One worker, quite possibly the most intelligent member of the group, comes into view ascending the stairs from below the birds who would be frightened into rising away from the presence of that worker below rather than gliding downward to hide about the lower courtyard. That worker later descends the same stairs again to return to the lower courtyard.
Sadly, the majority of the workers remain on the roof's edge, above the birds while also trying to drive the birds up and out of the courtyard.
In this inane war being waged by men against doves, just across the street from United Nations Plaza where the symbol of a dove represents peace, the score is Doves: six, Humanity: zero.
Recorded on an iPhone 4S.
The QuickTime MOV file is the highest quality version.