March 2nd 2014

A Stock Dove

A Stock Dove

The Stock Dove is a fairly recent visitor to our garden, and to town gardens in general, but it now turns up frequently. It is slightly smaller and a darker grey than the Wood Pigeon. It has a beautifully iridescent nape, lacking the Wood Pigeons white collar. It has black patches on wing and tail, and a black edge to it’s wing, visible in flight. Stock doves nest in holes in trees, buildings and even in rabbit holes. In the old days, East Anglian Warreners (rabbit farmers) would put cross sticks across a Stock Dove nest so that the adults could feed the trapped young within. When big enough, they would simply remove the young for the pot!  Stock Doves eat seeds, leaves and buds and, where I grew up, farmers would regularly curse them, and then cull them to protect their crops. Conditions: Cloudy with light showers developing and a southerly breeze. Temperature: Max 8 – Min 2c

For comparison, the head of a Wood Pigeon

For comparison, the head of a Wood Pigeon

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