In a past post I said I disliked pigeons. I don't feel like this any more. I love their gentle cooing and their subtle colours.

I think pigeons generally get a bad rap. They're fantastic urban survivors. They're not aggressive like Indian myenah birds. They don't invade people's homes like rats and mice.

An acquaintance of mine had a close relationship with a pigeon he called Yona. He wrote to me about her: "I had Yona for about 4 years and our relationship was unbelievable. I did not imagine that a pigeon could have such an amazing system of emotions and intelligence. "

Pigeons are part of the wildlife environment round here and they are welcome in this garden.