Quite a few weeks ago I received a letter from the managing agents, on behalf of the directors of the freehold company (most of us own our apartments, but they are on a long lease - like 70 years - as we don't own the actual land). They told me to stop feeding pigeons forthwith or legal action would be taken.
The problem was that when I prepared to put food out in the morning there would be 40 - 60 pigeons swooping over from the roof across the street. In fact, there would be quite a lot outside even before they saw the twitch of a curtain, and I cannot dispute that they could be quite vocal at first light which in the summer months, of course, was very early.
So, I had to comply - mostly. They continued to turn up for a while, but I had over a week at Cynthia's at one point, and the mob did by then realize that signs of activity here no longer meant breakfast was served.
I do, however, have my little bunch of regulars who roost outside, used to hang out during the day and sometimes attempt to nest. My Capuccino is one I feel I have a special bond with, so when at home working or on those weekends when I am home, I can leave the door open on a chain wide enough for Cappy to trot in to get pigeon mix from his special food pot in the lounge. He usually waits on the windowsill when he knows I'm home and he wants to come in. Now and then, another bold one might venture in, but they are not all as calm and 'at home' as Cappy and panic easily at movement.
Now, it's not usual to have pigeons around for much of the day, Once they are awake and alert in the morning, most go off until evening, only the odd one or two (and Cappy) popping over during the day. I still leave a big water 'fountain' for them, well used in dry periods.
When my 6 - 8 regulars come back, I wait until it is barely light, then slide handfuls of pigeon mix or peanuts under the door so the few can at least have a good supper. They are not likely to be visible from anywhere else, and (mostly) gray pigeons in twilight, well, you get the picture.
Of course, when I'm away for a few days, they just have to make do, but they must be finding just enough from foraging to get by. If I'm at the office I can't always be home in time, either, especially once the clocks change later this month. But, I'll do my best for them and have no intention of seeing them go hungry once winter sets in. I shall try to ensure that where there's a pigeon there's a way!