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There is a small flock of Mourning Doves that lives in the trees and shrubbery here at the little farm.  Usually they walk around the grass or the gravel driveway looking around for seeds and nuts and fruits to eat.  We do keep a rather wild area of native plants and weeds so that many birds can nest and obtain wild food.  That area also provides cover for shy birds and small animals.  The Doves make a nice soft cooing sound and are pleasant to have around here.  The interesting thing is the noise that their feathers make when they take off in flight.  It is a swooshing sound.

The doves like to perch on the electric lines and also on bare limbs of the trees.  Of course, these doves do know about the bird feeder here.  The thing is that they can’t seem to use the feeder due to their larger size.  Sometimes, I’ll see a dove on the porch rail looking downward at the feeder.  They do camp out underneath the feeder at times, hoping for a bit of grain to fall their way.  Once in awhile, the medium-sized birds also perch on the car for a moment!  I took these pictures in my yard several days ago.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Comments on: "Lovely, Peaceful, Doves" (10)

  1. TexWisGirl said:

    i usually shake feed on the ground for them. i’ve only seen one dove use the bird bath feeder once. 🙂

    • Hi TexWisGirl, I used to put seed on the ground for the bigger birds at the lake house but my husband objected when the squirrels, chipmunks, coots, ducks, and raccoons began to eat better! : ) He also disliked what sprouted – no corn in the flower beds, please! Ha!
      Have a super nice day!

  2. Hi There, We used to have two Mourning Doves come to our feeders every evening –right before dark. Now –there is only one. What I don’t know is whether one of them is sitting on her eggs –or whether something has happened to her… I hope she’s just sitting on her eggs… I love Mourning Doves also.

  3. We have lots of doves here and they cannot use the feeder. Just think about it for a minute, they can’t even walk without using their head, I can’t imagine what they would have to go through to get on a feeder. They pick up the seeds that have fallen on the ground. And you are right about the sound of the wings. WHY have I gone so many years without truly appreciating that???? But now I WILL!!!

  4. the are sweet looking birds, great photos and post. I have seen them land on my feeders besides eating seed of the ground. Have a great evening.

    • Hi Eileen, The doves are nice birds that are social and seem to fit in here. I have had the dove on the porch but it did not actually get onto the feeder. Have a fabulous Wednesday tomorrow!

  5. I think everyone likes doves. We have them here and there seems to always be plenty of seeds under the feeders for them. I love hearing their calls in the evenings!

    • Hi Montucky, I am rather glad that we have doves and not pigeons. Ha! Have a super nice Wednesday tomorrow! Thanks for your great comments, too!

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