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Monday, 27 March 2017

A very under-rated bird...

For the twelfth straight year we have a pair of Stock Doves visiting the garden on a daily basis. These beautiful birds superficially resemble a Rock Dove or Feral Pigeon, but lack a pale rump. They possess a stunning iridescent green patch on the neck that positively shines in bright sunlight.

Probably about half of the European population breed in the UK, making them an important and valuable part of the country's avifauna. Despite this, most people seem hardly to give them a second glance, but I regard them as a really special visitor to the feeders.

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