I'm sat at the table in the dining room with a glass of wine on the go (I know, life can be hard at times....), tappping away at the laptop, when through the patio doors I spot a woodpigeon hovering up the stuff that the smaller songbirds manage to chuck out of the feeders. Nowt unusual so far.....
(and the woodies are quite safe in the garden, even from the air-rifle....they're not doing any harm here, and I do try and instil in my son that you just don't shoot something simply because it's there. If that same pigeon swoops into my decoys on Sunday up at the farm over the peas, however, then that's a VERY different story!!)
But then - a collared dove, roughly a third the size of the well-fed woodie - swoops in and launches itself at the pigeon, really quite a vicious onslaught, and harries it right out of the garden.
Not seen this before, has anyone else? Or has this particular dove got a bit punchy early on after a few Friday beers too many????