Pigeons are pesky, stubborn and utterly gross. Okay, perhaps that got a little aggressive. However, people who know me well (or at the very least crossed a street with me in which a pigeon looms on the other side) will know I am terrified of pigeons and birds in general. I cannot help it. Though I’d like to think I have gotten better at it over the years.
Ever since I was a young child, these low-flying, tenacious tyrants have been the bane of my existence. My annoyance with them would escalate especially in areas where birds somehow just congregate and I would require a human shield simply to bypass them. They are everywhere: in the park, leering under tables on patios, near hot dog stands, or pretty much on any outdoor seating in the summer months.
If it was up to me I would live in a bird-free city (does this exist?) but unfortunately I don’t so I have devised a short list of places in the Toronto downtown core to be avoided if you share this strangely frustrating phobia with me:
AVOID the following (ranked from lowest to highest risk):
- Metropolitan United Church (Park on the Intersection Church St. and Queen St.): While its shorter to cross the park to get to the main street. The pigeon traffic is not worth it.
- College Park: Some days it is as clear as can be, not a bird in sight and others it’s like Home Alone 2 where you think you can find Toronto’s intrepid population feeding the pigeon masses.
- Nathan Phillips Square: this is indeed Toronto’s pigeon central during the day time. Probably the closest thing to St. Mark’s square in Venice. See video below:
Am I alone in this? Does anyone else have any strange fears? I would love to hear about it in the comments.