Posted: 02/07/2015 at 07:05
We have a pair of collared doves who use our garden and nest in next door's hedge - the nest is regularly raided by magpies - they've never managed to rear any chicks. We put some groundfood in a big plastic saucer for the blackbirds and the collared doves eat that (so do the hedgehogs) but they don't seem to bother about the hanging feeders.
We also have woodpigeons, who walk along the trellis at the top of the fences and try to balance on the top of the feeder poles, and fail miserably. One of them saw birds taking seeds from a sunflower head last year and tried to copy and perched on the sunflower head which of course collapsed under the weight - OH was in fits of laughter.
The numbers of woodpigeons around here are kept down by the Peregrines who nest on the cathedral spire every year - although we're just outside the city, they've taken woodpigeons from here.
Pansy, you must have some very wussy magpies around your way - ours are very fierce - there's no way our collared doves dare go near them, let alone engage in 'activities' such as you mention
As for 'doves taking over' ............. who? moi?