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Out of stock

Duration: 01:55

Breeding is what spring is all about and some of the woodland inhabitants of Muncaster Castles have already been hard at work producing young. Janet Sumner meets Muncaster Castle's wildlife expert Jenny Holden to look into a nest box, hoping to find tawny owls. However the adult bird that flies out is not an owl - it's a stock dove and she has chicks in the nestbox. Jenny brings a chick out for a health check. It's not particularly gorgeous at this stage of its life. Stock doves are the original pigeons and are in decline and are on the amber list of British birds. Wood pigeons are far more commonly seen in fields, whilst the stock dove is a woodland bird. They like nesting in owl boxes because they use the same sort of holes in trees as owls. The chick is about two weeks old and still has the egg tooth on its beak.

Available since: Fri 7 May 2010

Credits

Presenter
Chris Packham
Presenter
Sanjida O'Connell
Presenter
Janet Sumner
Director
Jonathan Bigwood
Producer
Jane French
Producer
Richard Taylor-Jones
Producer
Jenny Craddock
Producer
Stuart Woodman

This clip is from

Nature's Calendar Series 1, Spring: Parks & Estates

Chris Packham is rockpooling in Scotland; Sanjida O'Connell sees the Calke Abbey red deer.

First broadcast: 02 Mar 2007

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