Stock doves will rarely come onto bird feeders, they will however fly with pigeons in numbers but anyone who shoots regularly will be able to tell the difference, the dove has no white markings on the wings or neck, the wings are shorter , pointed at the ends and slightly swept back, which produces a much different wing beat and flight pattern, the dove is smaller than even a fledgling pigeon and has a quite different silhouette in the air, seen from above or behind the dove has two darker blue grey stripes going diagonally on each wing, I will regularly see 20 or 30 of these doves in and out of the decoy pattern on a normal day as the areas I shoot are very near large built up areas and factory units where these doves seem to like to live, mixing with feral pigeons as well as wood pigeons.
Turtle doves are indeed rare now, they get their name from :
European turtle-dove, Streptopelia turtur, a member of the Columbidae, the pigeons and doves. This bird has no connection to turtles, but instead, its name was one that it bestowed upon itself: their specific name, turtur, is a Latinisation of their purring turr turr turr song.
Much more brown than blue, very fine lightweight bodies and a lot smaller than even the stock doves, more like the collared dove in shape and size , as a rule I dont shoot any doves even though the collared dove is not protected due to the fact it is an invasive species, at distance and in poor light it would be easy to mistake a turtle dove for a collared dove, better safe than sorry, doves and ferals pose no threat to farm crops and I am there to keep the wood pigeons off the crops, end of.
If in doubt google the birds for a good look, learn to tell the difference, we cannot afford mistakes getting into the news and causing our sport more problems.
Edited by lakeside1000, 03 January 2017 - 09:53 PM.