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It’s been a glorious day, with blue skies and sunshine aplenty. And everywhere I went, the birds were singing out their pleasure, announcing their availability, staking their claims on territories, and canoodling!

200205 collared dove (1)

In the churchyard at St Augustine’s, two pairs of Collared doves were coo-coo-cooooing from their chosen trees.

200205 collared dove (2)

One pair was hiding shyly in amongst the greenery but the other two were sitting on bare branches, basking in the sunshine, preening each other, and being lovey-dovey. I guess that’s where the expression comes from.

200205 collared dove (3)