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  1. i took 85 lead shot frozen pigeons to my dealer recently and got 5p each it cost a gallon of diesel to get there and back does any body know any where in cambridgeshire that pays better.
  2. Try if you can to check the inside of theiŕ throats i have seen some with white smelly growths inside.
  3. I think that is a first. I spent a month in your neck of the woods recently on the severn barbel fishing mid sept. To mid oct. It rained every day the river was 10 feet up i was up by the wyre forest there was plenty of pigeons mostly on grass paddocks acorns were everywhere the kept plopping into the river i spent most of my time pretend shooting like air guitar certainly no shortage of birds there my mate spent 3 weeks on a lake about 40 miles away and said it was the most pigeons he had seen for a long time a field of what looked like millet had just been flailed pigeon shooters were really getting stuck in.dont know if you get over that far.
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    Another 25

    had another day on the rape i shot tuesday i had been asked to keep an eye on it this was thursday. Very wet start to the day but only spitting by the time we arrived 11am a quick drive around put small groups up from the fields with the lower crop some fields are knee high. Birds were getting out of the trees everywhere though so decided to give it a go on the same field as tuesday but in a different spot as the wind had changed right round. it was off the main flight line and with the threat of more rain and a cold wind i decided to have it of my back not in my face wich meant any birds would probably come from behind my mate was going to be mobile to keep them on the move.set up by 12pm 3 birds crept in from behind as i was loading and flew out before i could shoot by 1pm i had 10 in the bag shooting poorly 2 to 1 things slowed down a lot and i noticed quite a line of birds coming from in front and going back to sit up and the odd nosey one came to the deecs for a look, i manged to bring one down and found it to be full of wheat just starting to chit it had no red die on it and its been far too wet for drilling for nearly 2 weeks here,i managed another 6 full of wheat and ended at 3pm with 25. It amazes me birds so full of wheat should still decoy.
  5. never shot much during the summer everything seemed to get pulled up too quick before the birds had a chance to get on it and i dont like the flies anyway so i went barbel fishing instead with good success untill i booked a month on the severn with the river at the bottom of the garden,the river was perfect for 3 days then rose 10feet and stayed like it the whole 4 weeks on my return the farm manager from the new perm phoned to say pigeons had started getting on his rape and to come over and he would show me around and give me a key to get in.i met him 2 weeks ago and he showed me a block of 250 acres of rape over 7 fields most of them had a belt of mature trees 20 feet wide down at least 1 side and with access to drive alround most of them and birds were flushing out every where, too good to be true.i had a look at the fields again at the end of last week and there must have been 3000 pigeon spread over the whole block.the manager phoned again yesterday he had seen all the pigeons and wanted to know when i was going and could he come with me as drilling had come to a stop.we met this morning at 10am and got sorted we had to split up. Before we parted he told me the 2 brown fields in the block were going to be spring lupins,we parted and i was set up by 11am with rotary and 6 on cradles and 9 floked half shells for a bit of bulk a string banger up the far end about 500 yards and a moon walker the other end about 400 yards as i was walking back to the hide i could see birds going in to my decoy pattern i got back to the hide and shooting started imediatly i shot till 2pm and ended with 70 i am sure the pc would have doubled that i only get 1 at a time 5 come in 4 go back out i am to slow these days.the manager told me 450 acres of peas and some more lupins are going in in the spring he wants me to look after.
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    driving around the edge of a rape field today i stopped under an oak tree to see if it was a likely spot to shoot from and was surprised to see the ground littered with hundreds of acorns fallen in the weekend winds.
  7. dad

    What is it

    Just took a pic of the seed about 20 of them on the head
  8. dad

    What is it

    The whole field is the height and colour of ripe barley or wheat i think it still has a couple of weeks to go as some are still slightly green like the one on the left. Only 1 head per plant i think.no weeds so well looked after. Not familiar with the farm but it was a big acreage no smell to it
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    What is it

    just seen about 50 acres of this can anybody tell me what it is never seen it in cambridgeshire before just asked a farmer he didnt know.
  10. had quite a lot to look at on saturday in particular a rape field that had about 400 on it while it was still standing last weekend. We went there 1st and was dissapointed to see it had already been cut and cultivated so we moved on. I forgot to mention it was pouring with no sign of a let up. We looked at a further 6 fields of rape and barley with a few bird on each 25 was the most we saw with nothing flighting not surprising for the time of day and the rain so we drove around some fields with woods and spinney to se if any lift out nothing of any note did.this was supposed to be a banker and i had a guest/friend with me.we made the decision to park his car up and take some of his kit and get in with me and drive to the new perm 45 mins away where i shot 30 on monday hopeing it hadnt been pulled up.the rain was still pouring and i didnt expect to set up but as we got nearer easterly it started to ease and eventually stopped on arrival.about 200 birds down and birds flighting we quickly put out 2 scarecrows and the rotary with flags on at the village end and set up the other end.6 fields of rape here most getting attention from pigeons so traffic in the air most of the time it was 1.30 by the time we started shooting we had 8 dead birds and the rotary out and singles were coming in fairly frequently i was shooting ok 12 for the 1st 13 shots my mate was shooting poorley and he is a double aa clay shot we packed at 5pm with 45 picked should have been 65 easily. Hundreds of birds bypassed at 150yds looking but wouldnt commit.as we packed it started raining again. I will post a picture of pigeon damage for mr packham.
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    Rape stubble

    Useually where there is cover and favourable wind if i can and flag off areas where i dont want them to go down.
  12. 8.30 this morning phone call from a farmer all the rape has been cut over the week end i was still in bed.a quick scurry around take dog for a walk put gear in car and on site by 12.30 29 degrees but a good wind 6 fields of rape birds down and feeding on 5 of them each field has a small copse i was on my own. No obvious flight line birds everywhere decided on tried and tested spot on largest field put a scarer out village end of field and see what happens.enough traffic backwards and forwards to get a busy couple of hours it slowed up at 3pm and i packed up at 4pm farmer started to cut verges 30 birds in the bag and 5 unpicked a good start to harvest.there were more birds to be shot with a bit more effort like more scare crows and earlier start and later finish. I will post a pic of my new scarecrow a spare rotary rotating it works for me
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    Clumsy feet

    Peanuts but her favorite is sunflower i save some heads and put them on the wall she keeps coming back to pick them off
  14. Caught 5 last Tuesday must be making a comeback i was chub fishing with luncheon meat
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