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Pigeons eating fruit blossom

I've noticed in the last few days a pigeon eating my Victoria plum blossom. It's never happened before. Apart from covering the whole tree (it is kept quite small) with horticultural netting which might do as much damage and stop pollination I don't know how to stop it.

Any ideas?


  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 21,565
    Fruit buds are full of nutrition. Birds love them. Not much you can do to stop them other than charge up and down waving your arms and screaming like a demented banshee, as I do every morning before breakfast (cheaper than the gym), or net the tree (and risk trapping small birds in the net with fatal consequences) or buy a shotgun (but you would probably knock more buds off than feathers).
    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 82,766

    You could try hanging old CDs, scrunched up kitchen foil and other reflective rattly clattery things from the branches - pigeons are incredibly stupid and seem to take fright at a lot of harmless things - maybe that's cos Pansyface keeps charging up and down waving and screaming at them - she's making them nervous!

    Good luck! image

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  • I use a mirror from the kitchen window ....... it reflects the light onto them .... I don't use it for pigeons tho' - I use it to stop the magpies pinching all of the mealworms - and I don't have to keep going out image

  • michael mpcmichael mpc Posts: 422

    hi Sheila the dunnets finches and sparrows  have stripped  my double plum tree there is not a blossom on any where I have told boss lady that it is going to allotment    

  • michael mpcmichael mpc Posts: 422

    hi d/f/a and jinxy I use that idea  down garden but my birds like a bit of clasicical    works wonders imageimage

  • i put tall bamboo canes with ribbon on. The wind blows them and seems to keep them away   

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