Tuesday, June 26

Is that a wink?

As you may have read from Martyn's blog, we have a pair of resident wood pigeons. Fortunately we don't grow vegetables in the garden so the only real problem of having them around is the interference that they cause to Martyn's weather station. But what's this? Is this bird winking at me?
The hoards on the plot are less welcome as this year they seem to be more voracious than ever - stripping any brassicas left unprotected of leaf.

If you want to read more about wood pigeons I've written about them here on my website.


15 comments:

  1. I have loads of Wood Pigeons around my plot too. I dislike them intensely because they can be so destructive. I'd almost rather have Magpies...

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    1. Ours haven't caused a problem in the garden but I would imagine that if you grow brassicas like you do they are not welcome. To be really controversial, Mark I like magpies too!

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  2. Hi Sue, my daughter is sitting with me as I was reading your post and she was very interesting in your picture of the wood pigeon. She and I are off to follow your link to find more information about them :) I know enough to be thankful I do not have them around my gardens! Cheers, Jenni

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    1. Hope you enjoyed the web page Jenni. I find it fascinating learning about wildlife. I know when I was teaching, my class of 11 year olds found it interesting but I was forever amazed at their lack of knowledge when identifying birds they saw every day.

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  3. I have had to leave my broccoli uncovered so have everything crossed that my resident pair leave them alone...

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    1. I'll cross everything for you too Elaine!

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  4. I think that pigeon has one bad attitude!

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    1. I think many pigeons have a bad attitude Robin.

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  5. We get them in the garden too, but I don't mind them there, it's at the allotment where they do the damage.

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    1. There's a place for everything Jo and a vegetable patch isn't the place for a wood pigeon!

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  6. I absolutely adore wood pigeons.

    I'll quickly tell you why too. Being a student in Birmingham I see 1,000s of pigeons every day, but they are a mixture of greens, off purples, white, black and grey. They get in your way, they steal food from unsuspecting pedestrians and they even poop on you when you walk down the street.

    However when I come back home in the Warwickshire countryside the pigeons are grey, with a white neck collar and have the most lushious red breast! They can be a hassle on our allotment site, but that's why they invented nets, isn't it? I love watching them waddle around in the garden and peck at the lawn. They are such funny characters.

    You won't believe how glad I am you posted that picture.

    I know I'm sad.. :0)

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    1. Not sad at all, Martin I'm glad woody has a fan! We find that the nets offer good protection too.

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    2. By the way did you watch Martyn's video?

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  7. We don't have many pigeons around us and I can't say I'm sorry as they can be really destructive, I do have a pair of collar doves that visit regularly and they are so lovely to watch in comparison to the clumsy pigeons.

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    1. We have quite a few collared doves Tanya - they seem so gentle don't they?

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