Stock Dove

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Stock Dove

 

(Columba oenas), a bird of the family Columbidae. Somewhat smaller than the domestic pigeon (weighing about 250 g), it has grayish blue plumage, with a metallic gloss on the neck and crop. The beak is reddish with a yellow cere.

The stock dove is distributed in Europe, northwestern Africa, and Asia. In the USSR it is found from the western borders to the Altai and Middle Asia. In the north it is a migratory bird, and in the south, a settled bird. It lives in deciduous forests and gardens, nesting in tree hollows, in holes on cliffs, and more rarely on the branches of trees. The stock dove lays two clutches of two eggs each a year; the eggs are incubated 16–18 days. The nestlings spend about one month in the nest. The stock dove feeds on seeds. It is a game bird.

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FLOCKS of stock doves - country cousins of town pigeons - are massing in the fields.
Any additional sponsorship will be allocated to maintenance and checking costs or will be put into developing new bird boxes for use next year for larger birds that the society would like to encourage into the reserve such as kestrels, stock doves or tawny owls.
THE fields and drains stretched away from the old Lydiate station car park on the Cheshire Lines, and occasionally a passing marsh harrier cruised through, scattering woodpigeons and stock doves.
Peak counts of birds have been 450 skylarks, which is the largest winter flock in Northumberland for 15 years, 385 stock doves ( the biggest flock to have been counted in the county ( 185 yellowhammers, 175 linnets, 160 house sparrows, 58 tree sparrows, 83 blackbirds and 17 grey partridges.
Kestrels and stock doves have nested in the barn owl boxes and while no barn owls have moved in there have been three sightings of owls on the course and owls have been to inspect the boxes.