27th October 2014

Entertainment increases watching the heavy Wood Pigeons trying to gain access to the ever decreasing berries on our Rowan (Joseph Rock) – they aren’t as acrobatic as the returning Mistle Thrushes, which I know I featured the other day but they are so beautiful and don’t come often, so here are some photo’s of them, too, from today. Wood pigeons continue to increase their population over the country. The BTO Garden Birdwatch show their numbers up by two thirds while Collared Dove numbers have declined in gardens by a quarter. Wood Pigeons are benefitting from changing farming practice, with ore Oil Seed Rape planting, and also autumn-sown cereals meaning they have green food all year round. They also enjoy seeds and grains, and birdfood put out in gardens. Conditions: No sun but still mild and dry with this mornings breeze dropping later. Temperature: Max 16- Min 12 C.

They are a bit more lithe than the pigeons.

They are a bit more lithe than the pigeons.

Wood Pigeon, sated on the Rowan berries

Wood Pigeon, sated on the Rowan berries

Somehow it manages to reach

Somehow it manages to reach

The Mistle Thrushes keep coming back for more

The Mistle Thrushes keep coming back for more

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