The Mourning Doves here are pleasant birds to have around. These medium-sized birds are often perched on the electric lines but will scatter off whenever I go outside. The doves’ wings whistle a bit when they take off in flight. Their cooing was pretty to listen to on warmer nights this last Summer. Now that the weather is cool and windy, the doves are less active but are still around.
I am often seeing the doves walking around the ground looking for seed to eat. Doves eat seeds, and fruits mostly. I know they like the bird see mix of Millet and Black Oil Sunflower Seed that I have in the feeder. Of course, they are too large to use the feeder but do get a lot of the fallen seed. I may eventually put out a low tray feeder but I am still considering whether or not to do so because of the potential for attracting Skunks and other critters so close to the house. I took these pictures on various days in the past couple of weeks here in the yard. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photo. Enjoy!