Hi my name is Tracy and I recently much to my sadness have been prevented from feeding my little garden visitors, especially the pigeons, which I'm most fond of and little Hamish my garden squirrel. I received amazing support from the community at RSPB and I just want to say a huge thank you for your kindness and understanding. I'm a severely disabled lady in a wheelchair permanently now and I rarely have the strength to do anything. Feeding the little beggars was a little bit of joy for a time, and they are amazing creatures. I learned so much about them and laughed so much at their antics, especially the pigeons and little Hamish. It has broken my heart and was highly distressing for both myself and the pigeons when I was forced by my neighbours to remove the feeders. The pigeons in particular went crazy! They knew me and for more than a week I was unable to open the curtains because they were battering up at the window and they were worse if they spied me! I cannot describe how painful and distressing this has been. I'm an animal lover who dotes on animals and birds and because of my illness and disability I am not able to care for a pet anymore so yes, feeding birds was the closest thing. The neighbours say I'm allowed to feed the small birds and have only one feeder but not pigeons because they are filthy vermin and spread disease. They do the toilet on people's washing so I am not allowed to scatter any food. I have removed everything yesterday because it is too upsetting for me. Those pigeons know me. They recognise me as I'm kind to them and feed them normally. There are still a few who rush to my garden if I go and sit on my porch with the back door open. They know my voice. One of them this evening was right up at me, I so desperately wanted to feed it, it was trying to get in, it was funny, because I was talking gently to it and reaching out my hand to it. It's very cheeky! It gave my finger a few pecks! It was very funny! Haha poor thing I think it thought I had something tasty. I so wish people would get their facts straight about these beautiful fascinating birds and how highly intelligent they are! However, I have no choice but to respect my neighbours. I'm new here and I don't know anyone. It's a difficult situation. I'm aware that people are picking on me because I'm a little different from them. And I had this confirmed to me by someone. But sadly there is nothing I can do. It's bullying. So cheeky little pigeon kept trying to get into my porch and it's such a sweet bird! I did notice there is one of them that has rings on both legs. I want to ask you as a community, is it possible someone has lost a racing pigeon? One of the rings was black and the one on the other leg I think was green or blue, I'm not 100% sure, is there a way of finding the owner of the bird? I wish I could feed it, but sadly I'm not allowed. Please help me by suggesting ways I can help. I really appreciate your help and kindness as a community, it means a lot to me. Thank you so much, because things are so tough right now.
So sorry to hear the bad news Tracy of having neighbours who objected to your feeding of pigeons ... I experienced something similar a few years back & had to re-arrange feeders to exclude Wood Pigeon pair that neighbours couldn't tolerate! I only have two hanging feeders now with suet pellets & sunflower hearts & a daily horde of Sparrows, half a dozen Starlings with lots of youngsters, Blackbird pair with young & several hedge sparrows, one or two others infrequently but a lovely resident Robin! Please do put up the feeder you are allowed as I'm sure the little visitors will bring you joy to help you get over not being able to feed pigeons! I had an ex-racing pigeon roosting on chalk cliff opposite my house for several weeks but he never came to feed in garden! Your one may well be just resting up & will return of it's own accord but may elect to live free ... plenty of natural food available for it to find! Best thing to have also is fresh water daily for all birds if you can manage to provide it! Btw, is Hamish still around?
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