Okay, doves can't be as bad as geese but they're messy!
I enjoyed having pigeons for about 10 years - Rollers. They were fun but messy
. A backyard laying flock was bad enuf. I guess that I did okay with the Rollers, DW says that it would be nice to have them in the yard, again.
That being said. I'm putting dove feed in the backyard just as soon as I see doves in the neighborhood again
. The English sparrows dang near drive me crazy and, at least, the neighbor with 8 or 10 birdhouses for them has moved away. Another neighbor who feeds them has been very conscientious about food supply recently. The neighborhood hawk appreciates that, I wish that he would take them somewhere else to pull them apart than in my backyard tree.
Okay, back to the doves. I have safflower seed especially for birds other
than English sparrows and starlings (if I've got that story right about starlings
). Also, I know the squirrels don't like it. There are chickadees, song sparrows and house finches that are supposed to like it. I tried the feeder last year and the squirrels stayed out of it.
We are right at the northern boundary of house finch territory. They only show up some years. I've noticed that the English sparrows will keep the house finches on the power lines and even pester them there. Doves don't seem to like to be in confined backyards. I've come up with an idea: put a rope around safflower feeder and hoist it to the peak of the neighbor's garage. His garage wall forms a boundary along the backfence. I recently put siding on it just the way that he wanted it done and put a device to hold the rope to hoist the feeder. I told him that it was my intention and he is the guy with the bird feeder on the other side of that garage
We are each other's harvest; we are each other's business; we are each other's magnitude and bond. ~ Gwendolyn Brooks