This mother and child combo turned up outside our living room window this morning. Wood pigeons have been breeding in the garden for several years, but I think this is the latest-ever squab. It must have left the nest during the gales and driving rain over the last couple of days, but seems to be in good fettle, pestering the life out of its mother.
More scenes from wood pigeon family life here.
The relentless rise of the wood pigeon as a garden bird has been a notable ornithological trend over the last decade. It's now the fifth most frequent bird species in gardens. In many ways wood pigeons are charming, especially during their courtship, but they are the bird equivalent of a Hoover on a bird table, gobbling up the food at a phenomenal rate.