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  1. It's the wires that are my nightmare. Pigeons sitting on them, before dropping down to feed, can be seen by any pigeon for miles around and will attract them better than anything. So, you see laden wires and set up. Of course, the pigeons leave and you have lost the advantage. IF birds return at all and you shoot one, you are back to square 1 again. As happened to Sam, the will go to another place, if no shooting results, they will build up there and you look like a fool. When I win the Euro millions and buy a shooting farm, false wires will go up, with a system of pulleys to move lofted decoys along the wires......... Watch this space!!
  2. These days I find "lines" are actually "flock-strings" where a bunch of birds sit in the trees until they all follow a brave pathfinder in to feed. Anything scares the situation and it's either back to the trees and start again somewhere else or "forget it, I'm not hungry anyway"
  3. Welcome back Cat, long time no see.. Yes, Herts and my part of Essex do seem down on birds wrt a decade or 2 ago but I don't think you can blame the kites, who are mainly carrion eaters. Changes in farming methods (better drilling, cleaner combines with chaff cutters, early cultivation and now the reduction in OSR) are taking their toll, plus overshooting too, is making pigeons every-device-aware. Right now the main feed seems to be about 5.00am, with a top-up, if nice and quiet, about 7.30 - 9.00pm, not the usual hours of a pigeon shooter. My farmers will not let me out at dawn for fear of noise complains so it's free feed time. Cheers, Kitchrat
  4. Yes, I've seen this too. Rare to find lodged wheat or barley these days, sadly. (farmers don't agree, just like they like to get the peas well into the soil!)
  5. I'm not sold on this lupin idea, yes they are legumes but there are 2 large fields planted with them and he's put gas guns out, must really want the crop. Lupin seeds, what's the going price?? Now, THESE are lupins, in the bottom right of the picture; (ignore the bears ripping my rock walls down to look for ant nests!) Totally different leaf. Come on JD, help me out here.... (or I'll send the bears round!) Now these are the things, soy beans, photo from google:
  6. Don't look like the lupins that grow in my garden. Google soy beans, looks quite good.... I'll keep watching and update as required. Cheers
  7. Hi team, came across a crop I didn't know, my best guess is soy beans. It was on a few fields I can't shoot but for future information, the pigeons loved it. It was drilled about 5 weeks ago and is only just starting to show because of the drought. Pigeons have been on it all the time, but mainly only EARLY. 5.30 -7.00am. Someone had some shooting most of one day but it wasn't mad stuff, shots every 10-15 minutes. but there again, their hide stood out like a sore thumb. Some birds are still on it early, despite a gas gun. There are more on weak-growth areas of a nearby OSR field, can't tell if it's new shoots, weeds or pods they are after but they SEEM to be off the ground.
  8. I have shot them eating the flowers and/or the bits recovering from their earlier attacks They are doing that right now, down the road from me (no permission) After that I would say harvest time.
  9. Wow!! 766 pages to read before bedtime! Seriously, I did find the bit about colour vision, most interesting. So my painting of all my kit in matt green/brown is not stupid! (I did have a blue milk crate for example) Many thanks, now all you need to tell me is what speed to run my magnet, if at all!! Cheers, JK
  10. As people have said, some days they work like a charm and some days they don't. I think that's got a lot to do with how many times they have seen them and associated them with danger, how hungry they are, how long their memories are plus loads of other factors I expect! However, it's the speed controller I'm interested in. I've never had one, mainly because I don't know what speed is good. I don't think magnets work so well when the battery is going flat and they are getting slow. Is it radial velocity or actual speed of the decoy birds (which can be adjusted by arm length) that you think matters most? Please advise!! Many thanks
  11. DEFRA says crop protection is essential. Go to the BPCA website.
  12. This would be a revelation on pigeon behavior, we know rook.crows do this, I like, JDog have always believed they didn't/could not scratch. Are you sure it's not just seeds that are only partly covered and when they grab it a small hole is left? On the other hand, what's to stop them learning a new trick to counter the modern (better) drilling machines? This would also be of great use on stubbles, where much of the loose seed is covered by chaff. Pheasants can scratch it away. Do you all remember blue tits pecking the foil tops off milk bottles? They even knew which was full cream. I bet they have forgotten that skill in most areas. It's all what the parents teach them I expect. In the UK birds (blackbirds, chickens etc) scratch by standing on one leg and using the other to clear stuff away. (Blackbirds also clear leaves by picking them up in their beak) In Canada, some of the small birds do " The Canadian Two-step" to scratch, jump forward with both feet, grab the obstacle to feeding, them jump back quickly before they fall over. All done in half a second. Wild turkeys use the UK method. Yes, I'm bored!!
  13. Dead right, it's nuts. If I were to go the Canada, which seems to have much less of a problem than we do, I would have to submit a 14-day self-isolation plan immediately on arrival. ie how would I get from the international airport to home (400 miles in my case, no one-way car hire at the airport, internal flights stopped) without putting others at risk, who is going to supply my food (no Tesco delivery service there)etc etc. If it were not cast iron in the eyes of the officials, I would be put straight into quarantine, supplied by the Government. I imagine this would be like an asylum seekers camp and it would be a very unpleasant and very dangerous place. I shall stay here and bicker with you Guys instead!!
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