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Doves & Pigeons


morddwyd

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Like many, we have a local population of Wood Pigeons and Eastern Collared Doves.

At this time of the year they are very vocal and their calls are quite similar, but distinctive.

Why is it that I simply hear, but don’t really notice, the Wood Pigeon, but the Eastern Collared Dove grates on my senses so much that I have to close the window, turn the TV up or even, when it’s on the chimney, go outside and chase it away?

The only explanation I can think of is that I was brought up with the Wood Pigeon, but the Dove, being a recent interloper (didn't arrive in the UK until the 50s), is still actually a non-native species to my sub-conscious, and therefore intrudes.

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Aitchbee

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Sir David Attenborough's 'tweet-of-the-day' on Radio4 was beginning to get on my nerves as well. Thankfully, Auntie Beeb has 'saved the day' by using other human voices [as well] to introduce and describe the early morning bird songs.

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Quickbeam

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This is a very good solution, I've tried it myself with great success.

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morddwyd

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QB

You misread my post.

It's the doves I have a problem with, not the pigeons!

I prefer them simply roasted, with a green salad and fresh crusty bread.

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Quickbeam

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The recipe works just fine with pigeon, dove, quail, grouse, pheasant etc. It all just depends which bird is giving you the most bird at the time:)

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morddwyd

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I'm sure it does, but they really are not very good eating - somewhat bitter and can carry too much fat.

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lotvic

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"..when it’s on the chimney, go outside and chase it away"

It's not just me then that can't stand the noise they make. Last year I got a catapult, but my aims not very good. Any tips on what to use for ammo? I've been using paper pellets.

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Aitchbee

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The monotonous 'triple coo' of the eastern collared dove is notorious for annoying makers of period dramas by appearing on their soundtracks.If you do hear one in a production of 'Pride 'n' Prejudice' or 'David Copperfield' or similar, give yourself a pat-on-the-back for spotting it. [As morddwyd said, they only arrived in Britain in the 1950's].

lotvic ... have you tried poisoned blow-darts? ;o]

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