On our Humbleyard Hoofers walk today - on the first grey day for a while - we came across this attempt to keep the pesky pigeons from pecking the plants in New Buckenham in Norfolk.
Shaped like a bird of prey, and suspended from a pole, it moves about in the wind in a realistic way. Well, it looks reasonably realistic to me, but I wonder what the birds make of it.
Initial signs were good: I couldn't see any birds trying to get at the crop - oilseed rape - but we humans might have scared them off, I suppose. Will they get used to it, and treat it with the same contempt as I'm sure they do an old-fashioned scarecrow?
At least it's quieter than a gun, and therefore more human-friendly.