February 25th 2014

Wood Pigeon

Wood Pigeon

Yesterday’s blog showed a Wood Pigeon washing in the pond. A decade ago, Wood Pigeons hardly ever turned up- now we get them all year round, several at a time. In early spring they strip new leaves from Celandines and Ladies Smock. It is partly their varied diet that makes them thrive, eating crops, seeds,  insects, fruit and buds. They feed their young a ‘milk’ which is more nutritious than human or cows milk. made in fluid-filled cells in their crop.

Purple Crocus, later than the yellow, are well out now.

Purple Crocus, later than the yellow, are well out now.

They go by the lovely Latin name (Columba Palembus) and Scottish name ‘Cushie Doo’  from their gentle ‘cooing’ call but they can be a big nuisance for farmers and gardeners alike. Conditions: Breezy and dry with sunny intervals. Temperature: Max 9 – Min 2c

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