OK: today (April 28th) is the date our Turtle Doves arrived last year. This was quite early - the previous year they first flew in to feed in mid May. Nevertheless, it's a tense period, wondering whether our beautiful visitors have made it through the Maltese artillery barrage for an eleventh year.
Meanwhile, there's still plenty going on in the garden, with daily visits by the cock Yellowhammer, as well as our breeding Stock Doves and Red-legged Partridges. (By the way: we don't have any pets: the object by the Yellowhammer is a stick!)