Wood Pigeon (Columba palumbus)
Species
Wood Pigeon (Columba palumbus). Taken at Abingdon, Oxon., on February 4th 2012.
Taken at Abingdon, Oxon., on February 4th 2012.
(1/320th sec at f6.3. Click image for a larger version. © David Hastings)

Description

L: 38 - 43 cm; WS: 66 - 77 cm

The Wood Pigeon is the UK's largest and commonest pigeon. It is largely grey with a white neck patch and white wing patches, which are clearly visible in flight. Although shy in the countryside it can be tame and approachable in towns and cities.

Wood Pigeons can be found anywhere in the British Isles.

They breed in woods, parks, gardens, and even city centres.

Large numbers of Wood Pigeons spend the winter in the British Isles, having migrated from north and eastern Europe.

Not threatened. There are between 2.5 and 3.1 million breeding territories in Britain.

Sightings

19-Apr-2018 : Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon (2)
16-Apr-2018 : Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon (2)
03-Apr-2018 : Radley Lakes, Oxon
01-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (10+)
29-Mar-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (4)
25-Mar-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon
21-Mar-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
06-Mar-2018 : Baulking, Oxon (5)
04-Mar-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
25-Feb-2018 : Sandford Brake, Oxon (2)
23-Feb-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
20-Feb-2018 : East Hendred Down, Oxon (200+)
15-Feb-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
12-Feb-2018 : Thrupp Lane, Radley, Oxon
12-Feb-2018 : Radley Lakes, Oxon
11-Feb-2018 : Bury Down, Berks
06-Feb-2018 : Bagley Wood, Oxon
05-Feb-2018 : Northmoor, Oxon
05-Feb-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon
04-Feb-2018 : Thrupp Lane, Radley, Oxon (100+)
30-Jan-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon
28-Jan-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
25-Jan-2018 : University Parks, Oxford, Oxon
10-Jan-2018 : Northmoor, Oxon
06-Jan-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
01-Jan-2018 : Bagley Wood, Oxon
01-Jan-2018 : Garden, Abingdon, Oxon (2)

10-Dec-2017 : Garden, Abingdon, Oxon (2)
11-Jun-2017 : Velebits National Park, Croatia
01-Jan-2017 : Garden, Abingdon, Oxon (1)

31-Dec-2016 : Garden, Abingdon, Oxon (2)
06-Nov-2016 : La Janda, Spain (300+)
18-Jun-2016 : Garden, Abingdon, Oxon (2)
31-Jan-2016 : Garden, Abingdon, Oxon (1)
16-Jan-2016 : Garden, Abingdon, Oxon (2)
01-Jan-2016 : Bagley Wood, Oxon
01-Jan-2016 : Garden, Abingdon, Oxon (4)

08-Nov-2015 : Garden, Abingdon, Oxon (2)
01-Nov-2015 : Garden, Abingdon, Oxon (1)
19-Sep-2015 : Garden, Abingdon, Oxon (1)
22-Mar-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon
08-Feb-2015 : Garden, Abingdon, Oxon (2)
08-Feb-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (3)
17-Jan-2015 : Garden, Abingdon, Oxon (4)
01-Jan-2015 : Garden, Abingdon, Oxon (2+)

06-Dec-2014 : Garden, Abingdon, Oxon (2)
08-Mar-2014 : Garden, Abingdon, Oxon
01-Feb-2014 : Garden, Abingdon, Oxon (2)
25-Jan-2014 : Garden, Abingdon, Oxon (2)
18-Jan-2014 : Garden, Abingdon, Oxon (2)
11-Jan-2014 : Garden, Abingdon, Oxon (1)
02-Jan-2014 : Garden, Abingdon, Oxon (2)