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Rock Dove

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Ashley_Jackson
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Rock Dove

Post by Ashley_Jackson » 14 Jun 2012, 14:05

On my North Uist trip last week I found a couple of Rock Dove nests, I was expecting to find the nests in croft house ruins in the same sort of situation as I'd find a feral town pigeon back home, such as on an open ledge at a reasonable height (the droppings I found in such places suggested this but knowing what I know now they must have just been roost sites) - however the two nests I found were both at ground level amongst piles of stone and extremely well hidden and protected, the droppings at the entrance giving them away, I also flushed another pair of birds from a rabbit burrow... is this typical ?

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Re: Rock Dove

Post by MisterT » 16 Jun 2012, 10:08

Hi Ashley

The Rock Dove nests that we have monitored as part of the Nest Record Scheme over the past two years have been, as you say, all above ground, on ledges or in crevices. Finding them nesting on the ground amongst stones may be unusual but not that surprising to me. I say that because several other species (Buzzard and Kestrel spring to mind) are also to be found nesting on the ground here, while on the mainland they are not known to do so, or at least very rarely. They may choose to nest on the ground here for several or a combination of reasons, these being less human disturbance, fewer predators, a lack of trees or lack of other suitable nesting sites through competition or otherwise.

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Rock Dove chicks (squabs) in nest found in old byre

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Re: Rock Dove

Post by Ashley_Jackson » 18 Jun 2012, 19:21

Hi MisterT,

I've found very low / ground nesting Fulmar, Raven & Hoodie nests on the islands which (for a guy who doesn't like heights!) is always a nice find, I hadn't really thought about Buzzard & Kestrel also ground nesting - although like you say there are plently of reasons for them to do so compared to on the mainland.

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Ashley

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