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Pigeon on Barley !!!!, Good Numbers around the Vale, What about your Area ??


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i have so much barley about on farms all over the place,hope all the pigeons dont come at the same time,one farm its like a roller been over it, but no birds yet,

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I had a call from the main farm on Tuesday, over 1000 crows in a large area of laid barley, there were a few pigeons among them but not enough to get excited about, 

I stayed for a couple of hours but could not get the crows to come in to decoys, managed only 8 when the rain came down , I called it a day and will be back as soon as it dries out a little. One real problem is access, normally not a problem, but the headlands have not been cut, the nettles and grass are up over the bonnet height on the 4x4, and walking was impossible. I could only get within 200 yards of the worst hit area, and nowhere near any good flight lines.

The peas are still attracting a lot of pigeons with some clearings holding around 50 to 80 birds, access here is much better so I think I will stay on the peas for another week or so and hope the farm gets the headlands cut , if that happens there could be some interesting times to look forward to on these areas of barley, fingers crossed.. 

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9 hours ago, lakeside1000 said:

I had a call from the main farm on Tuesday, over 1000 crows in a large area of laid barley, there were a few pigeons among them but not enough to get excited about, 

I stayed for a couple of hours but could not get the crows to come in to decoys, managed only 8 when the rain came down , I called it a day and will be back as soon as it dries out a little. One real problem is access, normally not a problem, but the headlands have not been cut, the nettles and grass are up over the bonnet height on the 4x4, and walking was impossible. I could only get within 200 yards of the worst hit area, and nowhere near any good flight lines.

The peas are still attracting a lot of pigeons with some clearings holding around 50 to 80 birds, access here is much better so I think I will stay on the peas for another week or so and hope the farm gets the headlands cut , if that happens there could be some interesting times to look forward to on these areas of barley, fingers crossed.. 

Hi Alan , If anyone can find any Pigeons locally it will be you , I am sure it will only be a matter of time when your reporting a good bag on the Pea stubble or on the laid grain crops .

I had the same problem as you getting around the headlands with the very tall grass and weeds this year , also last year they felled some really old Poplar trees and the small branches seemed to take root and grew like the clappers , some of them were a good six feet high and it wasn't worth damaging  my motor for a few Pigeons , then I had a stroke of luck , the sprayer came down to spray the next door Wheat field and flattened it enough for me to run my motor through , that was a couple of weeks ago , now this week would you believe they cut the same headland as flat as a pancake for when the Pea viner's make a start .

Been out looking today and although we have got some Barley knocked about I saw very little signs of any Pigeon or Crows activity , still a good week or so of being ripe enough . GOOD LUCK

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I shoot over a farm with wheat and barley and the pigeons seem to be about, but more interested in the margins which

 have been cut and this is what is attracting the pigeons not the barley… very odd.

barley will be cut in the next 2 weeks or less depending on the sunshine

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53 minutes ago, mossy835 said:

been out on barley today. some have gone down but going in on it yet, i shot 17 by a pond as they were going over the trees,

Nice little session mossy , around our way they are due to make a start on this years harvest around the last week in July , weather permitting .

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Went for recce last night, watched 100s of pigeon flighting into a tree, dropping into a gap, never saw any take off or leave.

Unfortunately after 1830 I'm not allowed to shoot so could only watch.

During the day there's rarely a bird to be seen.

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Had a ride out to Lowestoft yesterday for a village garage sale's, the pea viner's were cutting in several fields along the way so there may be some pigeon action on the stubbles this week, fingers crossed¬†ūüĎć

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