Unusual dinner guests

Bjargdúfa – Rock Dove – Columba livia

This is the first year that we have had pigeons in the garden, both Rock Doves and Wood Pigeons.  We have no idea why this is happening now but with cereal farming on the increase Iceland is probably becoming more attractive to them.

At first they were quite shy but now they have got used to us and are not afraid to come to the feeding trays just outside our living room window, as can be seen on the pictures.

Hringdúfa – Wood pigeon – Columba palumbus

Rock Pigeons have breed in cliffs in a few places in East Iceland for some time but breeding pairs are believed to be about 300 – 500. The Wood Pigeon is mainly a vagrant but breeding has been recorded in a few places in recent years. Many years ago Domestic Pigeons used to come by the garden but they are not as common as they used to be.