A TRIP TO Rainham Marshes last Sunday nearly came to nothing until two collared doves began calling among the overhead power-lines at Rainham station while I waited for the train home. The wing flapping towards the end is them getting it on above the destination board.
Bill Oddie won’t be losing any sleep over that recording, but it felt like a small reward for trudging around all day. You never know what’s round the corner.
If anyone would care to donate the use of a nice drawing of a collared dove, please get in touch. Collared doves only became established in Britain in the 1950s, so they don’t appear among the pictures in those old out-of-copyright ornithological books.