Bird Advent calendar – Day 13

Day 13 of my countdown to Christmas is the Collared dove.

Today it was extremely foggy and it was hard to see birds from a distance, so instead I put my hide up in the garden and waited for a bird that I haven’t done yet on my Christmas Countdown.

The first bird to appear was a Blue tit who was very wary of its surroundings, followed by two bickering Robins and the Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Finally a new bird turned up, the Collared dove.

Collared Doves can been seen all over the UK, and are commonly seen in gardens. We have eight that regularly visit our garden, coming down to eat from the tray of mixed seeds or sitting in pairs on the garden wall, fence or gate.

Collared dove 1Collared dove 2

Out across the fields everything seemed quiet and still as the fog covered the ground.

Buzzard in fogDeer in fog

I could just make out the Red Kite sat on a post eating something.

Red kite in fog

About Alex White - Appletonwild

This is my diary of the wildlife where I live in Oxfordshire, and sometimes the places I visit. My passion is for British wildlife, especially Badgers and Hares. I am a keen amateur photographer using a Canon SX60 HS. All the photographs on this blog are taken by myself unless stated otherwise. I am a member of A Focus on Nature, the network for Young Nature Conservationists, BBOWT, The Oxon Mammal group and The Oxfordshire badger Group. You can also follow me on Twitter @Appletonwild Instagram appletonwild
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