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  • Location: Near Beverley, East Yorks. (2 metres a.s.l.)
  • Weather Preferences: Something good in all four seasons
  • Location: Near Beverley, East Yorks. (2 metres a.s.l.)

    Hi all bird-lovers,

    I've just been out for my morning walk with the

    dog and was surprised to see a collared dove collecting

    fine sticks.

    On getting back home I've just spotted another one doing the

    same in my garden and apparently nesting in a conifer tree !

    They always strike me as rather sweet but slightly daft

    birds, lol.

    Surely they don't normally nest until early Spring do they ?

    Cheers,

    BL. x

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  • Location: Tamworth
  • Weather Preferences: Snow, frost, fog and ice!
  • Location: Tamworth
    Hi all bird-lovers,

    I've just been out for my morning walk with the

    dog and was surprised to see a collared dove collecting

    fine sticks.

    On getting back home I've just spotted another one doing the

    same in my garden and apparently nesting in a conifer tree !

    They always strike me as rather sweet but slightly daft

    birds, lol.

    Surely they don't normally nest until early Spring do they ?

    Cheers,

    BL. x

    Interesting! As far as I am aware collard doves nest like most birds do in early spring!

    Keep me updated

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  • Location: Cambridgeshire Fens. 3m ASL
  • Location: Cambridgeshire Fens. 3m ASL

    Collared Doves never even lived in Britain until the 1950's. They are a success story to be sure. Usual nesting season is March to October. So the ones you saw are either rather early or a bit late.

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  • Location: Near Beverley, East Yorks. (2 metres a.s.l.)
  • Weather Preferences: Something good in all four seasons
  • Location: Near Beverley, East Yorks. (2 metres a.s.l.)

    Thanks for the replies guys. :)

    They have done well then, there's certainly a good number of

    them to be seen in the gardens.

    Perhaps suprisingly, as here at least, I watch them idlying around

    in the middle of lawns and on roads apparently oblivious to predators !

    I've also witnessed them making their flimsy nests in the

    daftest places including this year .. in the end of an open gutter.

    Poor thing tried in vain to sit it out through the heavy rains.

    Also two attempts at nesting on the wall brackets of satellite dishes ! lol

    At least my 'early' nesting pair have chosen a conifer tree ;)

    I'll try to spot if they're serious with this and continue.

    Seems so odd after days of night frosts and bitter days !

    Cheers,

    BL x

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  • Location: Near Beverley, East Yorks. (2 metres a.s.l.)
  • Weather Preferences: Something good in all four seasons
  • Location: Near Beverley, East Yorks. (2 metres a.s.l.)
    Perhaps they are just preparing early. They won't be nesting for a few months yet. There's a few pairs of collared doves that come to my garden - they're nice birds.

    I think you're right, they're likely just planning ahead ;)

    I'm fond of them too and shall now pop out with some seed

    for them before dark; safely put under a bush.

    Cheers,

    BL x

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  • Location: Ashford, Kent
  • Weather Preferences: Anything
  • Location: Ashford, Kent

    Part of the secret of their success is the fact that they don't seem to know when to stop breeding, up to 5 broods a year are possible apparently!

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  • Location: Near Beverley, East Yorks. (2 metres a.s.l.)
  • Weather Preferences: Something good in all four seasons
  • Location: Near Beverley, East Yorks. (2 metres a.s.l.)
    Part of the secret of their success is the fact that they don't seem to know when to stop breeding, up to 5 broods a year are possible apparently!

    Gosh, what a healthy 'love life' ;) LoL

    Funny thing is I've never spotted a 'baby' dove, Squab isn't it.

    Cheers,

    BL x

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  • Location: Ponteland
  • Location: Ponteland

    We have had a pair visiting our back garden for a couple of years and they seemed to have an addition to the family as a third slightly smaller bird was seen with them during the autumn.

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  • Location: Western Isle of Wight
  • Weather Preferences: Snow, Storm, anything loud and dramatic.
  • Location: Western Isle of Wight

    Collard Dove are a bit like Rats and Rabbits , if there is food and warmth then they will reproduce. I suggest the doves are nesting near man made warmth and are collecting food from people either directly off a bird table or indirectly from agricultural/industrial/waste activity.

    They have had too many years without a bad winter, if this one turns bad, man made warmth will be at a premium and such activity's will fail, which in the long run is better for the species IMO.

    Regards,

    Russ

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  • Location: Ponteland
  • Location: Ponteland

    Hi Russ,our two collared doves do not get too much chance at our bird table as we have loads of greedy wood pigeons that dominate the garden these days-any idea of how I can get rid of the pests.

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  • Location: Mytholmroyd, West Yorks.......
  • Weather Preferences: Hot & Sunny, Cold & Snowy
  • Location: Mytholmroyd, West Yorks.......
    Hi Russ,our two collared doves do not get too much chance at our bird table as we have loads of greedy wood pigeons that dominate the garden these days-any idea of how I can get rid of the pests.

    A pie maybe?

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  • Location: Western Isle of Wight
  • Weather Preferences: Snow, Storm, anything loud and dramatic.
  • Location: Western Isle of Wight
    A pie maybe?

    My sentiment exactly GW :D IMO the most environmentally sound way is to eat the "pest", provided the pest is tasty, like Wood Pigeons. If it is not tasty, then what I usually do with rats for example, is leave them on a fence post for the local birds of pray, not a pretty sight, so I do that well away from view. Hope this helps Rollo :D

    Regards,

    Russ

    I must stress I dont use poison on the rats, if I did I would burn the rats, or put them in the bin.

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  • Location: consett co durham
  • Location: consett co durham
    I think all birds have equal right to food. I don't choose what birds should get some and which shouldn't.

    fair enough to a certain extent i agree.but the time does come when common sense should prevail.

    http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y162/moun...ogetpantson.jpg

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  • Location: Derbyshire Peak District 290 mts. Wind speed 340 mts
  • Weather Preferences: Rain/snow, fog, gales and cold in every season
  • Location: Derbyshire Peak District 290 mts. Wind speed 340 mts

    Collared Doves are pleasant enough to look at but have the annoying habit of perching on my anemometer, they also make what is surely the most tedious noise in the entire bird kingdom.

    T.M

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    We have two (male and female) who visit our garden regularly and they are a pleasant change from starlings and sparrows!

    :rolleyes:

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  • Location: Near Beverley, East Yorks. (2 metres a.s.l.)
  • Weather Preferences: Something good in all four seasons
  • Location: Near Beverley, East Yorks. (2 metres a.s.l.)
    Collared Doves are pleasant enough to look at but have the annoying habit of perching on my anemometer, they also make what is surely the most tedious noise in the entire bird kingdom.

    T.M

    LoL Yes, my male bird is 'giving it plenty' this morning in the

    sunshine while the hen bird continues her rather mad nesting idea.

    BL x

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