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Piddy!

By paulbroad  
Does anyone have any idea how to get rid of these damned things short of a bit of lead? We feed the birds, but now get up to 20 feral's each morning, more in cold weather!

The local Sparrow Hawk doesn't have much effect.

Paul

Tags: Flock Feral Garden Bird Pigeon Wildlife and nature

Voters: mike9005, royd63uk, derekd and 23 more


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dudler Plus
17 1.5k 1777 England
16 May 2020 11:48AM
Without risk to other wildlife, no idea at all, if you're not quick enough to catch them!
DaveRyder Plus
6 5.0k 7 United Kingdom
16 May 2020 1:13PM
We have a number of Pigeons who will strip the garden of seed given the opportunity (they don't seem interested in fat balls).
Last summer a bought a few cheap bird boxes and cut the front out. Fastening to walls/fence away from perches. The small birds can access but the larger Pigeon cannot. It was quite funny watching one sat on the roof trying to bend under itself.
DaveRyder Plus
6 5.0k 7 United Kingdom
16 May 2020 1:14PM
After the comments above, nice well caught shot too.
paulbroad 13 131 1290 United Kingdom
17 May 2020 9:00AM
Might try that one. Ours have a go at anything, seed, peanuts, fat balls. They have learnt how to lift the lid on the squirrel feed box and can hang on a window mounted small bird Perspex feeder. I've tried fitting cable ties, they ignore them, and tried a big stick! They are back in 10 seconds!

Some are nice looking birds, but there are just too many. I would not want to permanently hurt them, but it's getting close!

Paul
paulbroad 13 131 1290 United Kingdom
17 May 2020 9:02AM
No chance of me catching them, John, but I did consider my landing net. But what to do with them when caught? Take them 50 miles away - they might well beat me home!

Paul
dudler Plus
17 1.5k 1777 England
17 May 2020 6:46PM
I once had a colleague who raced pigeons. When any of them were no properly up to speed, pigeon sandwiches featured in his lunchbox a day or two later...
paulbroad 13 131 1290 United Kingdom
17 Jun 2020 8:03AM
I have seriously considered the final solution. The trouble is, since 2019, the damned things are protected! Stupid do gooder's.

Paul
dudler Plus
17 1.5k 1777 England
18 Jun 2020 4:30PM
In Derby, there is a City Kestrel (or a couple). That may be the answer...

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