Nice thread. I've held that fantasy of wanting to have a rapport with birds especially since I was a child. Not a bird watcher or anything, just love
the little buggers
We have pigeons everywhere, some places they are obviously more friendly than other. I've tried to feed them in various places,
local cities, London, etc - before and they come close, but not right up to you. Very cautious.
But this year I've broken all my personal records in terms of befriending birds.. Over the summer a lone duck let me feed it, into its beak, and it
just stayed there, and it let me touch it. That's never happened before to me, I've never been able to get within five foot of a duck without it
quacking off out the way. But this one was certainly and unprecedentedly more at ease.
And just a couple of weeks ago returning from a holiday in Ireland, sat in Cardiff station a pigeon got a little close for comfort when I gave it some
crisps. Well, I say close for comfort - I don't mind. I've always wanted my "bird lady" (from Home Alone 2) moment... This thing was sitting on
me, jumping on my bag, quite happily waiting for me to feed it and letting me move around whilst it stayed put on me. It even drew a small crowd.
Probably because I think we all get told at a young age that pigeons are nasty little creatures, but I've never believed that. Having one sit on me
and let me feed it properly was new experience for me, only waited 27 years for it - but it's not uncommon or un-heard of (Home Alone 2 for example!)
- I guess I was just in the right place at the right time, with the right pigeons!
That said - something odd has occurred in my back garden. I've lived here almost 2 and a half years, and there were always birds fluttering about in
the garden, looking for food. So much so, that I was sure to finally (start of this summer) start putting bird seed out. I got a couple of bird
feeders, filled them up, and three days later they were empty. Now, being pretty poor - I couldn't afford more bird seed for about a month. The birds
were still in the garden, looking for scraps, lots of them - so I thought I've got to do this, got to refill those bird feeders.
So I finally got enough to get the seed, filled them up, as the previous morning they had been particularly loud. But this was about a month ago, and
the bird feeders are still full. Not seen a single bird in the garden, or near it. Don't hear them out there anymore, either. Mushrooms have sprouted
in their numbers - so whether this is keeping the birds away, plus I heard in the UK there was some kind of garden/tree disease hurting bird
populations in South East England where I am, and that news story came out around the time I filled the feeders a second time, so I have no idea
what's going on, why the birds have disappeared - of course, not completely, but from my garden.
With all that said though, I definitely felt a stronger affinity with animals across the board this year. Pigeons, ducks, dogs... even the moths and
spiders that infiltrate my flat I won't harm anymore. So S&F for you, even if it is - like you say - no conspiracy, just cool