A Cotswold Year - Charting the seasons in the South Cotswolds

Thursday 25 August 2011

Pigeon Nest

Most birds have now finished nesting and raising young but I found this pigeon nest when pruning our hedge.
Young pigeons known as squabs were once a delicacy and my father used to tell me how in his youth on the farm they tied the legs of the squabs to the tree so that it would not be able to leave the nest and the adult would continue to feed it and it grew bigger than normal. They were later killed and baked in a squab pie. It sounds cruel but then food was short and pigeons were a pest eating crops so it made sense.

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