turtle doves

turtle doves

adoring couple, building their nest. [O.T.: Song of Songs 2:12]

turtle doves

“voice of the turtle is heard.” [O.T.: Song of Songs 2:12]
See: Spring
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"What will he say when, instead of a pair of plump turtle doves, billing and cooing in a bower of roses, he finds a single lean cormorant, standing mateless and shelterless on poverty's bleak cliff?
Upon this bough, that stood out in bold relief against the sombre firs, were seated an amorous pair of turtle doves, whose soft sad-coloured plumage afforded a contrast of another nature; and beneath it a young girl was kneeling on the daisy-spangled turf, with head thrown back and masses of fair hair falling on her shoulders, her hands clasped, lips parted, and eyes intently gazing upward in pleased yet earnest contemplation of those feathered lovers - too deeply absorbed in each other to notice her.
"You know what will happen if you do," and Polly looked so threatening that Fan trembled before her, discovering that the gentlest girls when roused are more impressive than any shrew; for even turtle doves peck gallantly to defend their nests.
I long ago lost a hound, a bay horse, and a turtle dove, and am still on their trail.
At the moment, they're cooing like turtle doves but give them time.
Four people were arrested on May 1, the first day of the hunt, for illegally shooting turtle doves, while there were several other reports of hunters shooting at protected species.
``I hope it will attract lots of cash for charity.'' The two turtle doves are posed by Warrington-born Chris Evans and his singer wife Billie Piper.
Birds to spot include blackcaps, willow warblers, wheatears, swifts, swallows, house martins and sand martins, hobbys, spotted flycatchers and turtle doves. Once anyone sees or hears the birds, they should send the date and place to Flightpath 2000, RSPB, The Lodge, Sandy, Bedfordshire.
TURTLE doves are in danger of disappearing from the British countryside, scientists have warned.
"Turtle doves and corn buntings are all but extinct as breeding species and yellowhammers have declined significantly."
The organisation said it viewed the decision as "backdoor permission" to hunters to shoot protected Turtle Doves (Streptopelia turtur).
"Birds to look out for include blackcaps, willow warblers, swifts, swallows, cuckoos and turtle doves."