|Feral Pigeon (Columba livia)|
|Plumage differs so much individuals are so easy to watch|
|Netting protects the sculptures|
|Spikes on ledges deter perching|
|Spikes and a plastic owl (doesn't he look scary? not)|
|The pigeons still find a place to perch|
|Shall we go in?|
|In a hurry!|
We have some lovely old buildings in my home town of Northwich in the county of Cheshire England.
Due to salt extraction beneath the town in the 19th century Northwich suffered massive subsidence causing buildings to sink and collapse. Replacement buildings were wooden framed so they could be jacked up (and even moved) if the ground beneath them started to disappear. My walk this weekend was to capture images of our local Feral Pigeons and show some of the attempts to stop them roosting on these wonderful old buildings some decorated with painted carvings. To try and keep the birds off the buildings nets and rows of spikes on the ledges now adorn Northwich's black and white timber framed structures.Feral Pigeons are descended from Rock Doves but truly wild Rock Doves are now confined to remote cliffs in the North and West of the UK.
Feral Pigeons are a bird we all see in our towns and cities but are considered by some to be a pest.
Me?......I love to watch them feeding around the feet of shoppers and enjoy seeing the variations of plumage.
For more images of the buildings in my home town I have created a new page..... Northwich.
Just click on the title. It is located under my profile.
I have added a selection of old photographs showing the effects of the salt works subsidence.
They show another meaning to the term...........................shoplifting.