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Pigeon in the cherry tree

Morning all,

Im working and wondering what a wood pigeon is eating off my cherry tree - its still in blossom so it cant be cherries!  

It looks like its pecking the leaves, and it has nothing in its mouth like it was nesting...could it be insects?




  • JennyJJennyJ DoncasterPosts: 7,703
    More likely the leaf/flower buds :/
  • GartenerGartener South EastPosts: 99
    Woodpigeons are a pest. 
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 82,251
    It’s eating the blossom and young leaves ... at my last job my desk looked out onto a garden with cherry trees ... during long phone calls at this time of year I watched the pigeons eating the cherry leaves. 
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • JoeXJoeX Posts: 1,783
    Okay, I wasn’t seeing things then - cheers.   We have two (I think) that return each year.  They have a bit of an argy bargy with the magpies sometimes but I don’t think of them as pests, quite nice in their way.
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 49,118
    I'm quite fond of mine. One lonely old b*gger's quite tame. 
    They sh*t all over my car, and bumble around in the conifer, but I can live with that. 

    They taste good too...
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • dappledshadedappledshade Top of the Hill, North London Posts: 982
    😁 @Fairygirl
  • dappledshadedappledshade Top of the Hill, North London Posts: 982
    edited April 2020
    Yep, I’ve noticed the wood pigeon couple we have over here, tearing bits off next door’s philadelphus. I wondered what it was doing...
    The magpies are worse -they’re string enough to rip entire small branches offer nesting.
  • tui34tui34 Béziers, Herault, FrancePosts: 2,581
    Maybe ask Yvonne1969 to bring the cat over!  Kill "2 birds" with one stone (or cat)!!

    A good hoeing is worth two waterings.

  • JennyJJennyJ DoncasterPosts: 7,703
    Sometime last year there were some pigeons making a racket outside and my OH, joking, told our elderly, indoor cat to hire a "hit cat" to get them. A few days later we found a dead pigeon in the garden, with a wound that looked like a cat (or maybe dog or fox) had had a go at it :o .
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