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  1. Enjoy the day and and keep safe and well. Thanks for keeping Pigeon Watch active during COVID. Just managing to sort the last forty plastic cases of “ useful stuff “ after 33 years in my last location. Regards to Linney.
  2. Not sure how I would get on with my normal drive down to Greece? It would take a lot longer than the normal two and a half days.
  3. I carry part of a mooring spike, about 12 inches in old money , and a hammer with a chisel end which I use to level ground.
  4. Well done the first of many.
  5. I was called out on Tuesday just to shoot crows, I had one dead crow as a decoy. At the field it was devoid of crows with the occasional pigeon. I watched it for twenty minute and the crows that came went to a sitting tree on the one edge of the field. So I set up within range of the tree, first two shots lifted approx three hundred crows from around the woods and trees. They just lifted up into the stratosphere and disappeared, the two shots gave me two pigeon decoys which I put on flyer frames. The first crow came next and this went onto a flyer frame. So no magnet, no flapper and after five hours packed up with 41 corvids and 69 pigeons. Last week Bunny_Blaster had a bag of 500 plus using a magnet and two flappers.
  6. Not sure but heat could expand the chamber, also the increased pressure with the powder for steel and cheap steel for cartridge cases . The common denominator is the steel cartridge.
  7. I’ve been using Lyalvale steel 5s,6s and 7s after fifty shots they start to jam, if I force it the ejector passes the rim of the cartridge. That was with my Beretta Silver Pigeon. I’m now using a Gold E and have the same problem. If I shoot corvids with Proper Cartridges lead no jams. On the Silver Pigeon I replaced the ejector and springs no change , I even increased the surface area that contacts the cartridge lip no change, polished the chamber no change . If I dry fire the spent cartridge it will eject. Over to the Boffins????
  8. This reminds me when I managed the Warranty Returns Centre at Cowley for Rover Group. We had “A” series engines returned and one operative asked if he could have twenty pushrods for a project. I was later informed that he had “ Traveller” heritage and he used them with a crossbow for poaching deer!!!!!
  9. I missed Marsh Mans post so I’m wishing you all the best in your recovery. I’m still sucking air and not been affected by COVID and managing a few outings after the pigeons. DB has been out with Topgunners and Bunny_Blaster has been busy with his first 300 plus bag of this years barley. He is currently isolating having proved positive. I’ve downsized dramatically from a seven bedroomed, three garage house to a normal semi with one garage. I’ve just had a thirty foot man cave built in the garden but have at least two garages of useful stuff after 33 years of collecting in storage. I had four hundred birds collected today so my freezers are empty ready for the barley. Marsh Man sorry to hijack your post but my old iPad would not let me respond or post . I look forward to your comments on my efforts in the field.
  10. Steve, just be positive and take whatever help is offered, good luck.
  11. Recently moved house, so thirty years of useful stuff in storage, thirty foot long man cave being built at present. With the help of others managed to keep my pigeon customers supplied. Will soon be on the barley. My ancient iPad would not let me reply to posts on the forum but now sorted with new iPad.
  12. Well done, at least your getting out!!
  13. Sorry for your loss, respect for a wonderful poem. Try and remember the happy times.
  14. Well done Jim, excellent report. I did manage 53 in the wind on Tuesday.
  15. Very True!! Not moved yet, legal people talking££££££ Found My Hat B_B carried the pigeon back to the Disco I did the rest, Paying for it today
  16. I had a call in the week did I want to go shooting, the reply being yes. It was Bunny_ Blaster and he had two fields of rape that the birds were showing interest in. Now I was not sure if he had and ulteria motive to his request or it was from "Age Concern" help an " Old **** At Christmas" !!! We agreed to shoot on Saturday but it was raining when I looked out at 03.00 and 06.00 so I text B_B that I would give it a miss, when I finally rose at 07.00 it was bright sunshine so I decided to drive to the field to view it and found only five birds in the trees so I returned home at 13.00 B_B rang me and he was at the field and it had good number of birds feeding so we agreed to shoot today at 10.00. So we both arrived at the field this morning as agreed to find fifty odd birds dropping onto the rape with approx twenty in a bank of trees. I agreed to set up on the bank of trees and B_B would go on the second field and we would push the birds to each other. The treck across the field was arduous with all the gear but I set up with twelve fresh birds two on the magnet and two flyers and eight on spikes with two plastic birds as lofters in the tree next to the hide. The wind was over my left shoulder from the back, the first bird in was jinxing left to right and I missed it, good start. In the first hour I had twelve birds for twenty shots. As the day went on the decoying improved and at 13.00 the birds just kept coming. Then it just stopped and we agreed to stop shooting at 14.15 We combind the shot birds for the picture as we had picked up eightyeight birds. I would thank B_B for the invite [img]https://i.ibb.co/TrYFQf3/100-3524.jpg[/img] 88 Pigeons
  17. Anyone who has read my ramblings in the past will know I'm a lover of" Flightlines" and with restrictions that we have had to cope with this year it has held me in good stead. Ive stated my theories many times, they change summer to winter but to explain again. Birds who go to roost early are full and digest overnight and are the first to feed in the morning, so return to the field they fed on the day before, other birds in the roost follow them and if not disturbed build up in the field until it is exhausted. Summer birds will see a flightline for example out of a city or woodland and follow the same pattern. During the first lockdown in March I was called out to a farm that had not managed to seed over the winter and in the space of two weeks sowed cereals and beens I managed 800 birds of this farm setting up in the morning with no birds evident. The birds would fly out of the local town when they wanted. People who know my normal routine know that I spend approx two months of the summer in Greece and miss the stubble shootings, but this year I was around and had some good days along with DB and Bunny_Blaster, social distancing shooting. I was invited the other week to go out first light on some local rape which had been the attention of a good number of birds, set up and watched the birds come out of roost and pass over me into the distance. B_B was on another field and managed thirty plus passing birds. I had to return home butt B_B followed the line and found the birds. I recently had a call from my game dealer asking if I had any birds so I delivered 700 and decided to count up this years total so far. I processed 9,550 units and with the discarded decoys this would amount to 10,000. Recently Ive watched migratory birds passing high over my house all at a very good height with the local birds a lot lower feeding still on acorns and holly berries in the gardens. If you are lucky enough to find a migratory roost you could have a good day as they leave the roost in the morning for a food topup.
  18. Hi Jim, our turnip field is in a valley between two roosting woods not on our permissions and he always grows turnips on one of the fields. There is no surface water close so we have found they use the turnips for moisture on hot summer afternoons along with the chickweed earlier in the year as the turnips are growing. I'm not sure about the slug population but shot birds just seem to have turnip leaves in them. I hope you get some action with the Hushpower.
  19. No my PC is fine its just my five year old iPad
  20. Perhaps the clue is in the name " Wood Pigeon". over the past few weekends I have looked for birds on the stubbles and with a very few exceptions seen nothing. Of the two hundred plus shot last weekend a quick straw poll when I was laying them out concluded that they had been feeding on Clover, turnip tops, peas, beans, acorns,wheat and barley. Now the city woodies are still feeding on acorns in my garden and the parks , elderberrys on the canal, bread on bird tables. If they decide to feed out of roost first light, sit in trees via the heat of the day and feed at dusk you may not see them but they are still there. During my working life I did average some years 48K miles a year and saw mimimal feeding birds off the motorways with a very few exceptions. I commuted Brum to Oxford for two years dawn and dusk and only found one consistent feeding farm which I shoot now. The feeding table is vast at this time of the year and the birds choose one farm and not others for some reason. Its like flightlines we had a theory that they follow the lay lines as on some farm we have shot over thirty years rows of trees have been removed and the birds still follow the old edge of the field?? I still unable to post or reply via my steam driven iPad so you will not see much content from me in the future.
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