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  1. There is a lot of hypothetical guff on this thread as there always is whenever the topic is restarted. Some of those spouting this stuff have never put a post up about their time in the field. Their contributions therefore carry less weight as far as I am concerned. I once hosted a day on the Devon/Somerset border. On one drive many pheasants came over the line over 100m up and were still fired at. None were shot at that height. On a rough day in Northumberland a wild dog put a hen pheasant up in the distance. It came straight over me at a height of seventy to eighty metres. I took my cap off and hailed it as it sailed on it's way.
  2. Fixed chokes 1/4 and 1/2. I acknowledge that tighter chokes with 7.5 shot would be more effective.
  3. ‘Pattern kills’, so we are told. I confess I have tried to be a convert to 7.5 shot but I remain to be convinced having tried them a number of times including two weeks ago with less than satisfactory results. I have also tried no.5 shot again with poor results. I will have to remain a poor shot with no.6 and retain my ‘It’s all in the mind’ mentality.
  4. A fine report. I have relayed to Mrs Old Boggy exactly what you said about her.
  5. That is it in a nutshell. Pigeons in the winter in arable areas which grow rape (a lot but by no means all) have either just fed on rape or will be feeding on it later that day or the next day. I have no time for farmers who say that pigeons do not cause damage to rape over the winter.
  6. This pea field was harvested last week. It was too late and the crop had gone flat. The picture shows a typical amount of peas left under the swath. Pigeons are over flying the field to get to a month old rape stubble. How does that work?
  7. ........... and clean and oil around the encircled area particularly the fulcrum.
  8. Another vote for Collins. There are not many birds of prey and if you are keen it will not take long for you to master it. Don't even think about wader ID to start with or even trying to classify Wagtails.
  9. JDog

    Goose numbers

    The first skein of Pinks this autumn over NE Lincs.
  10. No pictures needed after that excellent write up.
  11. You are a fine example to many of us Walker570. Long may you continue to get out and do what you do.
  12. If anyone remains to be convinced I attach a picture of the second flowering of a small standard rose. The red shows up beautifully against the green.
  13. Well she chose it. I wouldn't dare chose any paint for anywhere.
  14. Some strong views expressed here but it is PW after all. When the C. Montana, the A. japonica and the newly planted Pyracantha begin to cover the wall the appearance will change and mellow. My studio office wall was painted in the same colour. The W. sinensis planted after the painting now covers the wall nicely and the green paint compliments the overall effect.
  15. Good to see you posting again.
  16. Well I was instructed to paint it which I did having scraped as much detritus off as I could. The paint is Little Green Paint Co. 'Garden green'.
  17. JDog

    A real treat.

    Celebrating my birthday today with my wife and dogs in the middle of the Rimac nature reserve on the coast in perfect weather conditions.
  18. There is a White Tailed Lapwing at Blacktoft Sands. A rarity.
  19. Same here along the Lincolnshire coast. Common Rosefinch (anything but common) sighted, netted and ringed.
  20. Foxes, Weasels, Stoats, Hedgehogs, Crows, Magpies, Jays, Buzzards and Sparrow hawks all deplete the wild game bird population. Agricultural sprays also have a severe impact. I only see wild birds where there are some decent hedges, grass margins and rough areas left uncultivated.
  21. I had given up hope of seeing any decent broods this year. On one farm I knew of eight pairs this spring and early summer. Seven are barren and one has three chicks. Today my hopes were raised somewhat. From a farm track a covey ran into a stubble and stayed put no more than 20m from my car. I counted three adults and fourteen chicks. Just now I went to a barley stubble just outside the village and put up four adults and seventeen chicks which flopped a similar distance away from me. I presume that two families had come together with this second lot.
  22. JDog


    I agree. I have a few already. Can't beat 'em.
  23. Good one. I believe they are ringed as squabs. I have never shot a ringed wood pigeon but I did once shoot a ringed Woodcock which had been ringed two years previously in the former Soviet Union.
  24. JDog


    Unless you have sold them as a job lot I would like the four rubber decoys when I next see you, perhaps when the Bullace are ripe.
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