The stock dove
is often mistakenly called the 'blue rock' and great care must be taken as these birds often fly with wood pigeons and feral pigeons and come readily to decoys.
Martin said, 'That is a stock dove
and it's calling to say "this is my territory" or to attract a mate and protect its nest.
There will be few easier bumper winners this season than Green Tango, who was in control early in the straight and was eased down by JP Byrne to score by three and a half lengths from Stock Dove
Due to the mild weather the first migratory bird, a stock dove
, was observed on 22 January and since then about ten species have been observed, including fieldfare, jackdaw and skylark.
50 a share on December 19, 1997, the stock dove
Only one species, the stock dove
, had shifted to laying eggs later.
Corn buntings and grey partridges have seen numbers drop by more than 90% over 40 years in the face of changes in farming practices, although two specialist farmland bird species - the stock dove
and goldfinches - have seen numbers double.
But, this winter alone, devoted West Midland Bird Club Members have patiently recorded species including snipe, bullfinch, little grebe, pochard, siskin, wiggon, jay, teal, cormorant, shoveler, coal tit, goosander, green woodpecker, stock dove
, wood duck, mute swan, reed bunting, kestrel, buzzard, pheasant, gadwall, dunnocks, and ringneck parakeet.
The Horticultural Development Company's (HDC) study showed that horticultural cropping is likely to provide high-quality habitats for a range of species including the grey partridge, jackdaw, lapwing, skylark, stock dove
, tree sparrow, yellow wagtail and yellowhammer.
However, farmland specialists like the stock dove
and goldfinch increased by more than 50%.
Last month on Kirkby Moss, Chris had buzzard, oystercatcher, two jay, blackcap, corn bunting, stock dove
and 200 woodpigeons.
I moved away from the drumming woodpecker into a quieter corner, where the mournful "song" of a stock dove
drifted through the trees.