Last year the British Trust for Ornithology did a survey and found out that in many parts of Britain woodpigeons now outnumber the feral variety by two to one.
In 2008 woodpigeons were the fourth most frequent visitor to birdtables.
I’ve seen for myself first hand how woodpigeons can take over a bird table. The smaller birds don’t stand a change and it is so annoying to see such a big fat bird try and eat all the birdtable food at once.
I live in the countryside and years ago woodpigeons never visited the bird table. It was a shy bird. We must be seeing survival in action. The woodpigeon has learnt where there are easy pickings.
Large birds taking all the food off the bird table is one reason why I nearly stopped putting bird food out. At one point last year it seemed I was only feeding pigeons, crows, rookd (and a squirrel).
Instead I bought a meshed ground feeder. I’ve enjoyed waching the smaller birds flit in and out without a care in thew world.
Not sure if you can still buy that type of meshed ground feeder but HERE IS A MESHED WIRE COVER FOR SALE – JUST CLICK HERE TO SEE IT
The only problem is that blackbirds and thrushes cannot get in through the small mesh. I can’t open the meshed feeder door as the pigeons poke their beaks in.
Another way to deter woodpidgeons is to buy bird seed mixes that do not contain many cereal grains. These types of bird feed are unattractive to woodpigeons.
One way and another the pigeons are living side by side with us in the towns, cities and countryside.
Wonder if anyone else is seeing more woodpigeons in 2009. Let me know if you are.