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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. 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.


  3. 1 hour ago, London Best said:

    To me, the puzzling bit is why after fifty shots, unless it’s rapid fire and the gun gets hot?

    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.

  4. 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????


  5. 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!!!!!

  6. 2 hours ago, marsh man said:

    Really good to know you are keeping well after what the world have been through the last 18 months or so , I know by past experience how stressful it is moving after being in the same property for a good number of years and our last house was just a three bedroom with no garage , so I would hate to think the amount of stuff you had accumulated in a large house with three garages , looking forward to your next report ( like many others on the forum ) about your next encounter with our favourite sporting bird , the Wood Pigeon . GOOD LUCK .   MM

    Thanks MM will do

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 18 hours ago, TIGHTCHOKE said:

    You are NOT getting out often enough, your aim is off!:w00t:

    Very True!!


    18 hours ago, JDog said:

    Thank you for posting. I hope that the new house is proving to be a success. I presume because of the move you have lost your Santa hat.

    Not moved yet, legal people talking££££££

    Found My Hat

    17 hours ago, marsh man said:

    Nice to see you are back in the fold and doing what you do best , looking at your hide , poles , the weight of your decoys and not forgetting your gun and cartridges you are a perfect candidate for the ironman competition for people who have reached three score year and ten and over , did you carry the bag of pigeons over the field as well as your gear at close of play ??

    B_B carried the pigeon back to the Disco I did the rest, Paying for it today

  10. 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



    88 Pigeons

  11. 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.

  12. 12 hours ago, Jim Neal said:

    Great report, and a mighty fine effort!  Hats off to you, many other shooters wouldn't have been able to drag anywhere near as good a result out of that day ;)

    I read with interest about the stubble turnips and how they are attracting pigeons.  On the patch I keeper for our game shoot there's a block of meadows (about 40 acres) which are managed for a high grass yield that initially gets cut for silage and then grazed on for the rest of the year.  The farm has decided to plough up and re-drill them next spring, so in the mean time they've direct drilled stubble turnips into it (done early August) and plan to leave it until the other meadows have been grazed off before moving the sheep over.

    Currently the turnips have got to a leaf growth of around 3-4 inches high.  The meadows are in between my roosting woods where the pens are and two of the drives I feed my pheasants out to.  Well I would feed them out to the drives if they weren't al in the turnips!  Every chance I've had in the last two weeks I've had to get out there and herd the birds off the meadows and into the drives.  There's also been a fair number of pigeons on them as well.

    The farm manager thinks the birds are going for slugs which apparently like to decimate the turnips. I can well believe that for the pheasants but would the pigeons be chomping on slugs out of preference, considering all the other available food at the moment?  The turnips are supposed to be around 17% protein which is a fair bit less than clover.  I thought they might be going for something that was growing between the turnips but I haven't pinned it down yet.

    Might be time to dust off a few decoys and get the hushpower out of the cabinet if this carries on!

    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.

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