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!