As I have mentioned in previous posts, the most common birds we see in our garden are the sparrows. They’re a rowdy bunch and it’s difficult, at times, for the other birds to get a look in, although the woodpecker holds its own when it comes to defending the suet.
I’m always happy to see something other than a sparrow in the garden but there is one bird that is not welcome and that is the pigeon. One or two I can take, but as the Immortal Bard once wrote, “They come not single spies, but in battalions.” They’re greedy and messy and are difficult to get rid of once they make themselves at home. There are a flock of about twenty or more that have so far given our place a miss. Someone on the next street apparently encourages them. But they must have been away for a while because the pigeons decided to drop in unannounced the other day.
I knocked on the window and yelled, “Clear off!” but they just ignored me so I ran out there a couple of times and chased them away. They would circle around and thud back down on the roof, glaring at me. It seems the only way to discourage them is to remove the food completely. It appears to have worked, for now. I would much rather have a score of sparrows scrapping over the seed than a preponderance of pigeons pooping on the patio.