There are two Collared Doves, Streptopelia decaocto, living here around the village somewhere. For three years one or two has been cooing very close to our home, from the valley, from trees around te hose, from the fence, streetlights or arials of nearby houses. these handsome birds took their time in coming into the garden.
Often I'd get outside, when I thought I heard them really close, camera in hand, finding them on the -not working-streetlight in the corner in front of the garden, or on the mesh fence at about the same height.
with the recent cold spell, I did not hear them closeby, assuming they had moved on.
Two days ago, looking out of the birding window (the planter is used as the birdtable) I was welcomed by the sight of this feeding Dove next to the Fennel. I had no real time to focus, before it flew off; which is why the picture lacks any detail, really.
Collared Dove, Streptopelia decaocto
It has been back quite a few times, but it won't come near whenever any other birds are here. Especially not those very territorial birds, all of the Thrush family are feeding; 3 Robins, the 5 Blackbirds or the 3 Song Thrshes. Then there are the other bossy birds; Great Tits, Chaffinches, and House Sparrows.
These pictures were taken yesterday, when twice it came down onto the wall of the fence, had a look, (and only saw the little ones here (Coal Tits and Blue Tits) yet it decided that it needed to leave again. So perhaps it saw something I didn't see?
Song Thrush, Turdus philomelos
Blackbirds, Turdus merula
Robin, Erithacus rubecula
Dunnock, Prunella modularis
another bossy member of the Thrush
Chaffinch, Fringilla coelebs.
Blue Tit, Parus caeruleus
LEAVE YOUNG BIRDS BE!!
Please, do not hamper a young bird's life by picking it up, and taking it home with you. It is calling its parents to help them in locating it.
After fledgling from the nest, the parent birds will keep feeding it, and look out for it, until it will be able to look after itself.
And the reason you cannot see a parent is because of your own proxomity to the young bird. And while you are ebating if or not you should take the bird home, you keep the parent from giving it well needed nutrition in the form of a meal!
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