What is the UK’s most unfairly ignored bird? Well according to you, and your votes, it is the Stock Dove (and I agree with you)!
This wasn’t the most popular poll on this blog, but nearly 150 of you responded and this was the result:
Stock Dove – 33%
Little Grebe – 21%
Reed Bunting – 20%
Gadwall – 14%
Rock Pipit – 12%
Stock Doves are gorgeous, a fact which was brought home to me when I saw two feeding in a Hampshire garden recently – they were so beautiful! And yet we hardly talk about them, or write about them or praise them. Let’s hear it for the Stock Dove!
On the other hand, since Rock Pipit was the lowest-scoring of the five options then that may be the most fairly ignored British bird – whatever that means!
I have a bit of a soft spot for Rock Pipits – but then all birds are brilliant! And all animals. And all plants. Except cultivated Daffodils in rows on the roadside. And Linnets.