While working in the garden yesterday we heard the unmistakable call of a Peaceful Dove. I started searching it out but was unable to locate the individual before it flew off. In my experience their call can have a ventriloquial quality. It can sound like it’s about thirty metres away, until one realises it is sitting in the tree above you.
Peaceful Doves are widespread and relatively common around where I live – except in our garden. They only come to visit a handful of times every year. This is a pity, because we love hearing its soft doodle-doo call. It’s far nicer than that brain numbing call of the introduced Spotted Turtle Dove.