Hi everyone,rather wet again....... its throwing it down here,lots of bedraggled birds in the garden,anyway when I got up this morning there was only one of the usual pair of collared doves sitting on the greenhouse looking very wet and very sad,I thought I bet the other one has been killed ,well 3 hours later still no sign of the other one and as they always went everywhere together and they have been in our garden for the past 3 years.the one is still sitting on the greenhouse in all this rain,it looks so sad and lonely sitting there,I am so sad for this dove,it has no interest in anything.after all this time I can only assume the other is dead,wish I could help this poor little dove sitting there all wet and sad.its like a wife losing her husband,all of a sudden she is onher own. such a sad day and the miserable weather doesnt help.
Hi Roger the other one could be sitting on eggs.
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You're probably right, Alan.
My Collared Dove pair are nesting at the moment and I regularly see the male on his own collecting seeds from underneath the feeders.
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I think at this time of the year most of us will see a drop of around 50% as one is sat on eggs.
i agree. i have two pairs. the other day just one sat all alone looking very sorry for himself, calling for hours, i was very concerned he had lost his partner, but the next day! there she was. Someone has to sit at home and keep the eggs warm!
Thanks everyone,never thought of that
As I was watching the Blue Tits and a Robin in the bird baths,hooray!!!!! 2 collared doves on the bird table...what a relief
Thats good to hear, it does worry you when you dont see them I know, as I type this my two are on birdtable looking very wet but eating their seed, rain easing very slightly now.
Blackbird busy feeding two or three chicks that have left the nest also. they are at flying stage now :)
Hi Roger, you are so like me, if i don't see the two collared doves together, I worry !! but yes, the fruity season is always the same, and i always keep an eye open for the other one to appear at some time, we just can't help the worry though, we are just all softies at heart. So glad you are feeling better now :-)
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Hello birdie wild,from having 2 collared doves now I have 6,makes up for all the worry !!!!
I saw this guy yesterday at Rye Meads - I could send him up to you!
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Here's the pair in my garden, taken about a month ago. One has sat on the garden fence today all alone. I know where the other is though. It's sat on a nest in next doors conifer tree. So I would expect thats where you other Collared dove is Birdbox. Keeping the eggs warm.
If it's not outdoors it's not worth watching.