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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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10 January, 2010

Collared Dove (Streptopeia decaocto)

The rise of the Collared Dove in this country is pretty well known now. It is currently number 7 in the top twenty garden birds having first entered the top 10 at number 10 in 1989.

The meteoric rise up the charts has pretty well ceased now and it seems to have found its level at 7th.

Of all the birds, this is the one we almost always see in pairs, no matter what time of year. When one flies in its mate is not far behind and they always seem to leave together too. I had hoped to find out whether they mate for life but I have had no success but the fact they are usually in pairs and that they breed for nine moths of the year feeding one lot of young whilst brooding the next clutch of eggs must indicate that it is likely.

Already, the prelude to another years frantic family life has started with the occasional male singing its monotonous tones around our neighbourhood.

They are lovely together though aren't they, the perfect loving couple!