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    I have some large sitty trees at the bottom of my garden but I don't know what sort they are but the pigeons have started taking great interest in them sitting on the branches eating the buds

    The buds are like a bundle of black small grapes rough looking does anyone know what these are and why the pigeons have suddendy starting eating them 

    I know they are not oak or beech but not sure what type of treees they are

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    Black buds says Ash to me, although I have never known pigeons to eat ash buds but can't see why they wouldn't. 

    can you post a pic? At least can you describe the bark or the leaves? 

     

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    ...or even better a photo!

    Are they on the actual twigs or more like around the trunk?  Could be something else growing/living on it.

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    I will take a pic of the buds

    Definitely eating the buds or tips of the branches been hitting it hard for the past 5 days not the trunk or branches definitely the tips as they have been bobbing around on my scope 😃

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    Yep, sounds like Ash, they have been hitting two about 50 yards from our back door.

     

    Have you been out with your new gun?

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    I' out now old'un very pleased with but its' not a good day for the pigeon shooter its ' very still here and hardly seen a thing

    I've come into the woods now with my air rifle to do some squirrel bashing around the pheasant feeders 

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    5 hours ago, Clodhopper said:

    I been watching pigeons eating Ash buds recently on my neck of my the woods. 

    Every day is a school day. I bet I have seen pigeons eating Ash buds and never taken any notice, there is no reason why they wouldn't have been doing it right under my nose. 

    And here I am thinking I know everything. 

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    3 hours ago, ClemFandango said:

    Every day is a school day. I bet I have seen pigeons eating Ash buds and never taken any notice, there is no reason why they wouldn't have been doing it right under my nose. 

    And here I am thinking I know everything. 

    Strangely enough I was only having a conversation 2 days ago about what the local pigeons where feeding on as they were not on the rape and there were no drilling’s, we had both seen a good number on Ash buds. I imagine there is a huge amount of energy for them but in buds, certainly more than rape leaves.

     

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    Tell you another thing they bloody eat and that’s my plums when they are about the size of an acorn.:mad:

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    April and May have long been recognised as months where pigeons feed heavily on tree buds. Normally these times of year can be difficult for the decoyer. This year may be different as a lot of drillings are still to go in.

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    22 hours ago, JDog said:

    April and May have long been recognised as months where pigeons feed heavily on tree buds. Normally these times of year can be difficult for the decoyer. This year may be different as a lot of drillings are still to go in.

    Conditions for drillings have vastly improved over the last few days , more so on the lighter land , yesterday they drilled spring barley on sugar beet land and the same old story , not a grain to be seen and today there were a few rooks but no signs of any pigeons.

    If going by previous years , we get the odd bread and butter bag off thin patches of rape and odd bits and pieces like Game covers poking through the ground , any serious bags don't start until the peas are 3 / 4 inches above the ground , having said that , on Saturday nights we will still be reading how P C have just shot another three figure bag :lol:

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