British garden birds – juvenile Woodpigeon

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This young Woodpigeon is one of many juvenile birds seen in recent weeks.

It seems to have been a good year for many species with numbers of juvenile Linnet, Stonechat, Skylark, Bullfinch, Greater-spotted Woodpecker and tit species evident here in south west Cornwall. Many species will hopefully go on and rear second broods.

Insight into Woodpigeon (Columba palumbus): common throughout the UK, in many arable crop growing parts of the country it is considered a pest by farmers. Large flocks will feed on vegetatable crops and are consequently shot.

In recent years this once extremely wary bird has adapted to urban life by feeding in our gardens, regularly visiting bird-tables and becoming remarkably tolerant of people.

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