The wood pigeon (Columba palumbus) is a bird that has thrived in recent years, perhaps because of the widespread planting of oil seed rape.
The numbers recorded by BTO Garden BirdWatch are also increasing. The numbers in my garden peak in the autumn with sometimes 30 birds looking for acorns. Otherwise they are a constant presence under the feeders.
Read more about wood pigeons here. Watch a BTO video on pigeon ID here. Listen to the BBC Radio 4 Tweet of the Day on wood pigeon here. Read BBC Food recipes for wood pigeon here.