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Pigeon perceptions

30 June 2010

So its the final day of the WEA Bird watching course in Nottingham and I want to know the groups viewpoint on feral and wood pigeons.  For starters feral pigeons aren’t even on the twitchers list of species as they don’t count, because they are not considered a pure breed and are a domesticated species.

The group are in agreement that the constant monotonous coo of the wood pigeon drives them potty!

Christine, works in the Lace Market in Nottingham and regularly hears the coo of a group of feral pigeons mating and nesting in the roof of the building opposite.  When she was in the middle of her theses a wood pigeon sat on the roof of her house cooing constantly, it drove her crackers… so her husband got a broom with a tea towel on the end to try to scare it off… but it just flew back and carried on cooing!

Janet is annoyed that pigeons eat expensive bird feed and scare off other smaller birds and has noticed that roosting spikes have been added to Cotgrave shopping precinct to keep pigeons away, due to the damage they cause to buildings.  Janet felt so strongly about pigeons as a nuisance that she said: If I ever see pigeon on the menu I always order it, in the hope that its the annoying pigeon from my garden!

Jenny used to rear wood pigeons for the RSPB, and has said that they aren’t as aggressive as some birds. Jenny doesn’t really mind pigeons, even though she does get a lot of them in her garden.  I think its funny when they do their courting dances and puff out their chests.

And the good bits… pigeons tend to hoover up unwanted food and they are quite pretty.

Thanks to Christine Southerland, Jean Cook and Janet Fernley.

Lucy Stevens’ artistic practice examines the acoustic ecology of the natural environment, using field recording, digital illustration, performance and printmaking as a tool to visualise sound produced by wildlife, weather and other natural phenomena.

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