The Dove Tree
Until recently we had three resident Eurasian-collared Doves (Streptopelia decaocto) in our yard. They seem to enjoy the Sunflower seed and other types of seed. Recently this tree which is actually in a neighbours yard has been like this, daily. We have counted up to 17 in the tree. We feel quite honoured to have so many of these Doves close by!
Interesting that you’ve got these in BC. They’re a common sight in the UK of course although it varies a bit from year to year. I have found them to have quite strong personalities, hassling magpies out of the garden to protect their nests.
2017/12/04 at 12:20
Adele, thank you! We have only had them a few years. It is said that the population came from birds that either escaped or were released. It think they like it here and are spreading like crazy! We started with a couple maybe five years ago, now we are seeing 15-17 a day! I am very fond of them too!
2017/12/04 at 18:50
WOW! That’s a lot of feed that will be consumed.
2017/12/04 at 12:41
Ruth, thank you! We are going through quite a bit of seed and suet, but I would say the Doves were the worse offenders. They seem to be very dainty with their diet! Doesn’t matter anyway! They keep coming and we’ll keep feeding, we enjoy them so much!
2017/12/04 at 18:52
LOL! You’ll probably find strange plants growing in the grass under the feeders!
2017/12/06 at 08:39
D, thanks! I think you are right! We just took a bunch of growth out of there that wasn’t put there by us!!
2017/12/06 at 17:11
Here in Michigan they are listed as an Invasive Species, and if seen are asked to report the sighting.
2017/12/06 at 19:33
Merle, That’s a shame because they are beautiful birds. But they probably eat their way through fields of corn!
2017/12/10 at 16:39