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Bird leg rings

Post by John Milford » Wed Jun 02 2021 19:38

I found this aluminium ring on my decking today.

GB85 X61917. It doesn't look like a wild bird ring.

I think it may have fallen off a racing pigeon? :shrug:

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"He's some sort of lure savant. Or just has an unhealthy addiction to old lures. We are not quite sure . . . . . "

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Post by John Milford » Wed Jun 02 2021 20:22

It's a mystery.

There wasn't so much as a feather nearby.

There's a guy with a loft a few doors down from me, who's birds circle the field my garden backs on to.

I suspect it's off one of his, but I won't be knocking on his door to find out. He's an odd, scowly character who always wears camo and never speaks to anybody.

(It wouldn't surprise me if there's a white tent in his back garden one day, with people in blue plastic overalls excavating his patio!). :eek: :laughs:
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Post by John Milford » Wed Jun 02 2021 20:32

Freeeeeedom! :thumbs:
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Post by Stewlaws » Thu Jun 03 2021 23:59

John Milford wrote: โ†‘
It's a mystery.

There wasn't so much as a feather nearby.

There's a guy with a loft a few doors down from me, who's birds circle the field my garden backs on to.

I suspect it's off one of his, but I won't be knocking on his door to find out. He's an odd, scowly character who always wears camo and never speaks to anybody.

(It wouldn't surprise me if there's a white tent in his back garden one day, with people in blue plastic overalls excavating his patio!). :eek: :laughs:
That's reverse psychology for you .. shifting the focus onto someone to divert attention from the real perpetrator.. we going to see the milfs collar felt I wonder ๐Ÿ˜‚

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Post by jonsykes » Fri Jun 04 2021 08:32

It is a ring from a racing pigeon, but a very old bird as the 85 denotes the year it was bred. More than likely it was kept as a 'stock bird' & used for breeding after it's racing years were over & for that reason I doubt the bird was a Hawk victim as they are not let out to fly.
Quite possible it has died either by natural causes or at the hands of its owner when it was no longer of use ... these pigeon fanciers can be quite matter-of-fact when there's too many mouths to feed. Carcases are often just dumped near the loft, given to ferret owners as food or burned.
How the ring got there is merely a guess .... Magpie or Crow.... or even rats? Have a look round your decking John as rats love living under them.

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Post by John Milford » Fri Jun 04 2021 10:02

Stewlaws wrote: โ†‘
John Milford wrote: โ†‘
It's a mystery.

There wasn't so much as a feather nearby.

There's a guy with a loft a few doors down from me, who's birds circle the field my garden backs on to.

I suspect it's off one of his, but I won't be knocking on his door to find out. He's an odd, scowly character who always wears camo and never speaks to anybody.

(It wouldn't surprise me if there's a white tent in his back garden one day, with people in blue plastic overalls excavating his patio!). :eek: :laughs:
That's reverse psychology for you .. shifting the focus onto someone to divert attention from the real perpetrator.. we going to see the milfs collar felt I wonder ๐Ÿ˜‚
Darn, you've rumbled me Stew! I thought it was an ingenious ruse, burying the bodies under his patio, covered in pigeon feathers! :knife: :joker:
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Post by morph » Sat Jul 17 2021 10:06

jonsykes wrote: โ†‘
It is a ring from a racing pigeon, but a very old bird as the 85 denotes the year it was bred. More than likely it was kept as a 'stock bird' & used for breeding after it's racing years were over & for that reason I doubt the bird was a Hawk victim as they are not let out to fly.
Quite possible it has died either by natural causes or at the hands of its owner when it was no longer of use ... these pigeon fanciers can be quite matter-of-fact when there's too many mouths to feed. Carcases are often just dumped near the loft, given to ferret owners as food or burned.
How the ring got there is merely a guess .... Magpie or Crow.... or even rats? Have a look round your decking John as rats love living under them.
A 35 year old pigeon wouldn't be used for breeding. Or even kept for any reason. Most pigeon fanciers ses a live bird as an on going cost. Be lucky if a pigeon even makes it past 20, even in captivity.
Probably a pigeon buried years ago and the ring has been picked up by a magpie or such and dropped as it flew over

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Post by jonsykes » Sat Jul 17 2021 22:33

Yes, that's what I was inferring. 25 years is about the limit.

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Post by Steve Dennington » Sun Jul 25 2021 02:16

John Milford wrote: โ†‘
He's an odd, scowly character who always wears camo and never speaks to anybody.

(It wouldn't surprise me if there's a white tent in his back garden one day, with people in blue plastic overalls excavating his patio!). :eek: :laughs:
You've just described at least half of the members of this forum :laughs:

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Re: Bird leg rings

Post by spincityfan » Sun Jul 25 2021 11:07

use a catapult to fire it onto his yard when he's flying the pigeons, that'll confuse the fucker!!

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