One of the things that got under Mycroft’s skin was the monthly Pigeon census. How come the vulnerable sage didn’t count songbirds? the Face of Everyman was part of a secret study designed to show that the loss of heroic statues in city parks should be reflected in a reduction in the number of pigeons. The Foggy Bottoms Resort and Spa had melted down their last statue some time ago and was excluded from the study. Cannons were next.