My relationship with birds is completely two-sided. On the one hand you have the odious pigeons and seagulls……and on the other hand you have majestic red kites, adorable red robins, beautiful owls, the colourful blue tit – I think you can easily guess, which I prefer.
I affectionately refer to pigeons as “rats of the sky” and seagulls as “dinosaurs of the sky”. Apart from their appearance (which I will not linger on, not wishing to offend any pigeon or seagull lovers), they can be a classic pest, in every sense of the word. Whether they are just sweeping down to steal your chips or defouling your patio, which took you weeks of hard work to finish (mentioned in a previous blog on bird control) I just wish they would fly off elsewhere.
Therefore, I would feel no pangs of guilt in employing bird control measures to prevent them nesting or roosting on my property. Thankfully we mostly just have to deal with pigeons making a nuisance of themselves in our garden. Our friends, however, who live in Bath, have to contend with seagulls too.
A lot of people may not agree with my views on pigeons and seagulls, which is fine – each to their own. But there are certain things to bear in mind, if you do come into regular contact with these birds or have the misfortune of being “marked” by their mess (never happened to me before and I don’t believe people who say it is a sign of good luck!).
Pigeons can spread diseases such as Ornithosis and Salmonella and if you do allow them to nest on your property it could potentially encourage secondary insect infestation – then you may have another pest problem to deal with.