In my garden the pigeons are definitely the top 0.1% ( except for when the squirrels are around, swinging upside down from the feeders and helping themselves to nuts, but I seem to be able to forgive them their occasional foraying raid, at least they're cute and crafty.)
However, the two pigeons that have taken residence in my garden are a big drain on my emotional resources. I get very cross when I see them strutting around, policing the bottom of the feeders, dive- bombing the smaller birds (and each other) and I spend a lot of time thinking about how to reduce their dominance over the resources. I have nailed tacks to the top of the bird table and carefully spaced the feeders so they can't reach them in an attempt to ring-fence some of the food for tits, finches, robins and sparrows and all the diverse bird life that's out there, but to very little avail. The food might be there but the best any of the other birds seem to be able to do is a quick snatch and grab before the big boys get to them. I can see them out there now, sitting on the fence watching over their domain, stuffed full of seed. I'm not kidding, I've seen them struggle to take off because they've eaten so much and still find the energy to chase the other birds away.
So, desperate to get a little "feel-good" back about my garden I have decided to investigate bee-keeping. I know it won't solve my pigeon problem but apparently it is quite feasible to site hives in suburban gardens and there might even be a very small income stream to be developed. However, the main benefit for me
The survival of the fittest has worked for both these models of behaviour, but I would guess that as far as economical growth and global human well-being goes, it will eventually be proved that we have drifted a little too far towards rewarding the inner pigeon, instead of developing the inner bee. I recognise that this is a crude metaphor but it does provide food for thought. Human wellbeing and prosperity has a very definite social aspect and I suspect the 0.1% will find it harder to find happiness if we move much further down the road we are currently travelling.
In the meantime I'm hoping to get me some bees and introduce a little harmony to offset all that pigeon power.
(btw does anyone have a cunning plan to "encourage" them to go elsewhere?)
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