Hi, Has anyone come across birds drumming? I have, until recently,only seen it once before. The drummers, i.e. rapidly lifting one leg after the other, were herring gulls. This was inland and they were drumming on a lawn in the middle of a roundabout. I do not know but my guess was that this brought the earthworms to the surface for a quick snack. Now this one I cannot work out. Collared doves are doing it on a six foot high wooden fence. This is now a daily event before they come into the garden looking for seeds. Any ideas community? Regards, Hooky.
  • There's a pair of gulls on the grass outside my house padding (we call it) for worms, they are there every day just lately, must be easier than fishing for their dinner!   Never have seen any other bird doing it except for - funnily enough the buzzard this morning in the back field evidently trying to feed on the earth worms too, but not padding, I'll put up some photos later.    

    Lot to learn

  • In reply to gaynorsl:

    Hi John, as Gaynor says Seagulls do it quite often. I also had a Buzzard that did it regularly at our previous house. With the Doves it could be part of their mating ritual!

    Kind regards


  • In reply to nairnred:

    Haven't really heard nor seen it,  but will watch out  for it  now .

  • In reply to Martin A:

    I regularly see herring gulls doing it.  Collared doves are a new one for me, though!

    Our herring gulls are red listed birds.  Think about that the next time you hear some flaming idiot calling for a cull of them.