Officials must get rid of winged irritants

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 24 February, 2001, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 24 February, 2001, 12:00am

They've poisoned the rats, muffled the stray cats and rounded up the wild dogs; the authorities must now take action against the tasty pigeons.

I am referring to the pesky, unruly gang of about 100 pigeons that make the intersection of Leighton Road and Wong Nai Chung Road, opposite the Craigengower Cricket Club, their own domain of terror and splattered surfaces.

To its credit, the Leisure and Cultural Services Department has posted a sign with serious intent: 'Do not feed or touch the birds.' Still, parents bring their kids to feed the repugnant creatures, and there are even regular bird enthusiasts who dump a daily load of bread, rice, grain and other rubbish for their little friends. These people are not only ignoring the sign and contravening other littering laws, but I suspect that they are not being woken at 6am every morning by these winged rodents.

I need not draw the curtain to know that they are out there, fornicating on my window sill and performing irritating dances of love on my air-conditioning unit with their scratchy little feet and all the while producing that maddening warbling sound and excreting unhindered.

Most of the residents within a 50-metre radius of this pigeon-syndicated turf do not find it amusing. In addition, the Leighton Hill development behind my row of buildings, with its water traps, appears to be a mosquito magnet during the warmer times.

I urge the authorities, whoever they may be, to take action to rid this neighbourhood of both of these irritants as the London authorities have just banished the last remaining grain vendor at Trafalgar Square.


Causeway Bay