It’s that time of the year again, the Goose is getting fat, Partridges will be in Pear trees, Turtle Doves are singing and a whole host of other things going on. Well the Turtle Dove is actually a summer visitor but not to worry. The Collard Dove however is a resident breeder, and doing very well throughout the island. Back in January I counted 58 together at the Albufereta Marsh, now that is an impressive number. They were mainly around the Pine copse near the entrance and were on alert as a light-morph Booted Eagle had just passed low overhead. Personally I have never seen a Partridge in any tree let alone a Pear one. But we do have the resident Red-legged Partridge on the island, which (despite the barbarism of the hunting fraternity) is doing well. Any open fields and edges are always a good place to look for them, where they form little ‘coveys’ and are always on the lookout for danger.