An unusual visitor flew into gym class at Hugh Roe O’Donnell Elementary School in East Boston Monday.
Ivan DaSilva was sitting in a circle with his students for their 10 a.m. outdoor class. They were in the middle of stretching when a pigeon swooped in for what they thought would be an ordinary visit.
The bird startled the kids, and flew close to DaSilva. To the children’s and DaSilva’s surprise, the bird perched itself on his head and would not leave.
“This pigeon was not scared,” DaSilva said. “It was determined to do what it wanted to do.”
Beforehand, DaSilva had put on his hoodie to guard his head from the pigeon, but he still felt its claws as it tried to get comfortable on his crown.
‘This pigeon was not scared. It was determined to do what it wanted to do.’
Other teachers were convinced it was a sign. DaSilva, who is not normally superstitious, said he could not think of another reason why the pigeon was so enamored with him.
Meanwhile, his students were laughing and taking photos of him and his new winged friend. They called him “the bird man.” Some of them imagined it was a female pigeon that had a crush on him, DaSilva said.
The bird sat atop DaSilva on and off through the day, at one point for two hours straight. It was a good thing DaSilva had the hoodie on, because it saved him from the pigeon’s droppings.
DaSilva said it was the craziest thing that has ever happened to him, and he hopes the pigeon will have flown elsewhere when he returns to gym class Tuesday.