The park’s wood pigeons (Columba palumbus) are pairing up for their long breeding season.
They are our largest and most common pigeon. Gregarious, very adaptable and given to flocking in enormous numbers in the winter, they are an everyday sight in British towns and countryside.
In towns they seem unafraid but in the park they are shy and wary. Often the first indication that they are there at all is the loud clattering and clapping of their wings as they take off and fly away.
Their call is the lovely, familiar background noise of spring and summer.