The weather is finally drying up and the farmers are drilling left right and centre.
Pigeon see those beautifully drilled flat fields as dining tables, knowing there are rich pickings, row upon row of seeds to picked. With every seed picked farmers loose a whole plant which would yield hundreds of grains of wheat. A single pigeon crop will yield a hundred grains of seed wheat twice a day representing thousands of grains of lost harvesable wheat. Now imagine what a mass flock of the millions of wood pigeons that thrive in England will do if left unmolested.
Sunday 23 March another happy French customer 49 shooting over wheat drillings
Monday 24 arch 73 for 210 shots 2 English lads Aaron and Jordan shooting over spring barley drillings whilst the farmer was still drilling
Friday 29 March 62 for a French customer first time ever pigeon decoying he was well chuffed
Sunday 30 March 248 mixed bag French customers that came last year 550 shots
I’m not sure of the translation of “well chuffed” into Frech but I think the smile on his face says it all.
Well even the French defeat at home to Ireland in the Six Nations didn’t put our French shooting visitors off their sport. 192 pigeon and a handful of corvid shot yesterday for a serious amount of shots taken. A total 346 in 3 days shooting over rape.
A solid 3 days for our latest French visitors.
The energy concentrated in growing rape attract pigeon in spring time and flocks need breaking up and rousting about so that they don’t just settle on a easy spot and destroy a single field.
Scaring birds tend to just make a flock hungry and frustrated and even more determined to get down on to what they view as an oasis of green. Absolute numbers need to be kept down to reduce crop damage. Moving flocks from field to field isn’t going to reduce overall crop yield reductions. It really is them or us.