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Following the strong winds the other week this deposited a large number of acorns on the ground. This week I have noticed morning and evening pigeons taking the acorns off the trees hanging at various angles in the process. During the day the birds have been feeding on the dropped acorns on the drive and lawns.

Have any other members seen this? 

Personally this is very early for them to be feeding on acorns as they would normally be on stubbles and beans and also delay them attacking the rape, if we have any.

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Shot a few in Herefordshire  this evening & was also surprised that a few had acorns in their crops. A large crop of acorns in our neck of the woods but today was the first time I'd seen them dropping out of their cups rather than being 'ripped off' the trees by a high wind. V little breeze today here. Fewer pigeons than usual for the Autumn in my fairly extensive patch. I worry a little that the late harvest will provide too much in the way of stubbles  for the birds to concentrate on the acorns? In my book the flighting of birds over Oak trees beats shooting semi- hovering birds over decoys on stubble even though the bags are always a bit smaller.  Still theres enough acorns to last well into November I hope.

  Having been out of action for a year or so due to failing body parts I have enjoyed your posts PC.. but how the hell do you have the energy to shoot, cart & process so many pigeons? You must bequeath your body to medical science so that we can all learn the secret one day! (I hope the Mrs.PC's  knee is OK these days..not a nice op. I know).

  

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11 hours ago, pbutd said:

Shot a few in Herefordshire  this evening & was also surprised that a few had acorns in their crops. A large crop of acorns in our neck of the woods but today was the first time I'd seen them dropping out of their cups rather than being 'ripped off' the trees by a high wind. V little breeze today here. Fewer pigeons than usual for the Autumn in my fairly extensive patch. I worry a little that the late harvest will provide too much in the way of stubbles  for the birds to concentrate on the acorns? In my book the flighting of birds over Oak trees beats shooting semi- hovering birds over decoys on stubble even though the bags are always a bit smaller.  Still theres enough acorns to last well into November I hope.

  Having been out of action for a year or so due to failing body parts I have enjoyed your posts PC.. but how the hell do you have the energy to shoot, cart & process so many pigeons? You must bequeath your body to medical science so that we can all learn the secret one day! (I hope the Mrs.PC's  knee is OK these days..not a nice op. I know).

  

Thanks for your kind comments, I refuse to be OLD, I'm eighteen in my mind and carry on as such with no limits. Over the past thirty odd years pigeon shooting I've suffered damaged ankle ligaments in both legs, snapped a cruciate ligament and had it repaired. I have backache every time I load and unload the chest freezers.The pain after shooting is the price we pay for our pastime. I'm 1948 vintage and feel my youth walking the canal playing in the fields set me up for a good life. 

Mrs PC has had two new hips in previous years and a complete knee replacement in 2018 but has suffered with loss of feeling in various parts of her leg , muscle pain around the new knee joint and a dropped foot being unable to lift her foot to drive. The foot movement is getting better but with the Covid situation she has been unable to attend Physio. But she is getting better and swimming and walking in Greece last year she was more mobile so we are looking forward to Greece next year. 

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22 hours ago, steve_b_wales said:

Adding to this. If anyone would be kind enough to send me some Acorns, I would be happy to cover the costs. I'm getting ready to start planting them for next year.

                  Thanks.

Send me your address please I have picked some this morning for you. 

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On 10/09/2020 at 12:46, old'un said:

Steve, It maybe a silly question but are there no oak trees near you?

 

Yes, there's a few, some dating back over 200+ years, but for the past two years, they haven't produced any Acorns.

On 11/09/2020 at 10:47, B725 said:

Send me your address please I have picked some this morning for you. 

My thanks to B725 & Digger79 for the Acorns. Much appreciated.

 

 

 

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hi guys, loads of acorns about this year, feeding on them in my area, also tons of berries about this year[sloes, elder etc]  dont think birds will get on the fields until most of stubbles are worked and weather changes gets colder.

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