Valentine’s Day in the garden

Windy blue tit

It’s been a bit cold and windy in the garden this week.

Valentine doves

But it looks like the ring doves have already decided to nest in the apricot tree again this year.

(Photograph credits due to my husband!)

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18 thoughts on “Valentine’s Day in the garden

  1. That little Blue Tit looks frozen! Do your doves make that lovely cooing sound? I love to hear them but we rarely get any near our garden – just the occasional wood pigeon which I also like to listen to.

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    • He got caught with the wind right up his tail feathers and it blew him right off his perch. Pity it wasn’t a video! The doves do make a lovely cooing noise, sometimes not so welcome very early in the summertime – the apricot tree is just outside our bedroom window. Amelia

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  2. My Mum used to call her Collared Doves…
    for reasons unbeknown to my brother and I…
    Gussies…
    however, it sort of stuck…
    so Collared Doves are Gussies…
    and they can be cute…
    that is a great Valentines picture…
    personally, I prefer the purring of the Turtle Doves…
    and they have a richer colouring, too…
    all this Summer…
    we saw them going back and forth…
    past the kitchen window…
    then, this Winter with all the leaves of the trees…
    we saw why…
    they had nested in a Wych Elm bush ten metres from the house…
    a good position, right out over the millstream…
    now totally visible…
    their little platform nest!

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    • I’ve never seen turtle doves. I wouldn’t recognise them outside from a distance so perhaps they are not the type to come into the garden. I’ll keep my eyes and ears open now when I’m walking. Amelia

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      • Amelia…
        think Collared Dove and then add colour…
        a wonderfully marked rusty coloured back and wings…
        the wingtips have a darker colour than the Collared.
        The grey head gradually changes to a pink breast
        three stripes on the neck, not one…
        a black ring to the open tail-tip.
        Type European Turtle Dove into Goggle Images… you’ll not be under-impressed…
        and look it up on the RSPB site too…
        it is an endangered species [thank you Malta] as opposed to the invasive Collared Dove….
        a natural invasion that has been going on since the 50’s in the UK.

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        • You are more likely to see it when out and about… they are a countryside bird…
          but they do come near isolated houses.
          That is part of the reason they are in trouble…
          land use has changed and both nesting sites and food are much depleted….
          whereas the Collared Dove is much more adaptable and happy around houses in very built-up areas.
          But once you hear that purring call….
          and log it in the little grey cells….
          you’ll not miss it!

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