We had such an extreme summer, I’m wondering how you think this might impact pigeon populations heading into winter.
Watching the birds through the extreme summer was interesting. I definitely think they struggled, especially to bring two off the nest. This would have been purely down to a lack of moisture. In a normal year, come September, you would be able to see how successful the summer breeding had been with squabs beginning to show up. This year, as you say, the weather was unusual. However, in many counties the young-to-old ratio was low, so this will have had an impact, too. I have a feeling the birds would have held on and bred slightly later, so we will hopefully see more young on the wing later into October. TP I would like to upgrade from my old-school grey MK1 knocker box to the MK3. Is it worth it?
Ferret-finders are like cars in many ways. Both the MK1 and MK3 do basically the same job, just with differing amounts of ease. Think of the MK1 as being like a manual car, whereas the MK3 is an automatic with a better engine.
The manual control of the depth wheel on the MK1 has been replaced with an automatic version on the MK3. It searches, then locates.
The MK3 has a greater depth and distance. The drawback with both is that the collars are not repairable and the MK3 has a funny noise that many people don’t like. Once you have got past the fact that you are not in control of the depths like a MK1, they are much the same. However, the MK3 is great near metal, unlike its predecessor.
It is a pure individual choice, but it is great to see so many being used on ferrets. SW
Pigeons struggled in the scorching summer heat and may have bred slightly later