'Fancy' Pigeon

Hi everyone,

I have a bird feeding station set up in the garden but it's been attracting a hell of a lot of pigeons and all of the 'mess' that's associated with them. As a consequence, I have reduced their feeding opportunities and limited it to feeding the finches, tits, blackbirds, etc.

However, this 'fancy' pigeon turned up with its 'cousins' about a month ago and has been here ever since. In relative terms it is quite docile and sits outside on its own, seemingly waiting for food. 

My concern is has it become over-reliant on getting food here? As soon as I give it some seed, the other pigeons appear in their dozens and my aim is to discourage them from using our garden as their toilet facility. If I stop feeding it altogether what are the potential consequences? It's almost like a pet and even waits for me to come home from work each evening and is there, on the gate post, every morning.

Advice much appreciated (no tag or band on its leg by the way).

  • I certainly looks like one of the fancy breed of pigeons but I
    'm not sure witch one. It will be missing from someones loft so might go home

    Pete

    Birding is for everyone no matter how good or bad we are at it,enjoy it while you can

  • In reply to Seaman:

    Thanks for the reply, Pete. So it won’t do it any harm if I stop feeding it and therefore stop attracting the dozens of other pigeons?
    Am I underestimating it’s ability to be self-sufficient?
  • Can't really answer your question bazjonster, but we had something similar around for a while until something (probably a Peregrine) got it.

    I often wondered if it was here more for the company than the food.
  • In reply to bazjonster:

    I think it will be quite capable of fending for itself if you stop feeding it might find its way to its home loft

    Pete

    Birding is for everyone no matter how good or bad we are at it,enjoy it while you can