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post #1 of 31 (permalink) Old 03-10-2014, 07:22 PM Thread Starter
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Peregrines after my pigeons!

I had a great show today over my head. I released my 16 pigeons for a little exercise today and shortly after their release I was amazed to see a peregrine tail chasing one of them. The pigeons were doing a good job of evading the bird until her boyfriend showed up and grabbed one of my pigeons. The pigeon broke loose and hid at the neighbor's house. He looks ok but I'm letting him chill out for a while. The peregrines came back three times and as far as I know never scored a kill. During the last attack a cooper hawk joined in so for a while I think the pigeons are confined to the coup!

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Re: Peregrines after my pigeons!

hahahaah.....good lord!! Sounds like chaos in the yard.
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Re: Peregrines after my pigeons!

A friend of mine races Pigeon's. He has BIG problems with Hawks...... that's all I'll add on that.

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Re: Peregrines after my pigeons!

I've had similar problems. This is just one of many critters. I've since learned to secure my loft.


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Re: Peregrines after my pigeons!

About 10 years ago I was duck hunting in southern MD with a friend. We had about two dozen hand made cork wigeon and pintail decoys out in front of us. While we were enjying looking out over the decoys into the bay a Perigrin made a pass at the closest pintail decoy to us, about 3 feet over its head. That was really something to see. I suspect he was trying to flush the birds so he could pick one out of the air.



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Re: Peregrines after my pigeons!

Update: One pigeon never came home last night and this morning I had a cooper hawk come through the one way door and eat one of my pigeons. Now that all the survivors are in, the place is on lock down for a while.

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Re: Peregrines after my pigeons!

Hawks are a pain if you keep birds!!! It really is a shame we can't legally protect our own animals. Best thing is to keep them confined while the falcons are migrating.
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I would never consider killing a peregrine. I did hesitate a little before I left the cooper hawk out :-)

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Re: Peregrines after my pigeons!

Lynn, maybe if you feed them enough pigeons they won't eat as many pheasants. They must be hungry to enter your coop.
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Re: Peregrines after my pigeons!

Maybe plant switchgrass around your pigeon coupe?

Hope you get your predator problem under control.

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