I have spoken about doves a fair bit this year.
It started with the dumb pair who were trying to nest in a ridiculous place.
Then I got to thinking that doves are just the natural victims of the bird world. I see them bullying each other, but I also see them being bullied by every other bird that comes along. They just don't seem to have any fight in them.
But that view changed today.
As I was leaving for work, I looked up at the nest that is on our house, with its third pair of babies. Yes, the dumb doves certainly know how to reproduce now they have a good place to do it! The mother had just hopped from the next to the roof, possibly on her way to find breakfast, possibly because she sensed that something was wrong.
There on the roof was a magpie - notorious eaters of other people's babies.
The magpie hopped closer to the dove.
The dove lifted off, then dived at the magpie, attacking with all the ferocity of a mother defending her babies.
The magpie retreated, looking shocked, but this retreat was clearly not enough, and the psychotic dove dived on it again, forcing the magpie to flee!
Look at the photo above again with admiration, she is a real tough cookie!