A Northern Mockingbird, juvenile male Northern Cardinal, a sweet Morning Dove, and a Palm Warbler in the grass were all spotted along my street this last weekend. Not much going on other than the big wading birds and ducks on the ever-shrinking local park lakes (I have seen a large number of Seagulls in recent days on the water). It has been quite windy and cooler here. We are also in a drought which is not helping matters. Hopefully rain is in the forecast here in coming days. Wishing everyone a very happy 2017! Happy birding!
Posts tagged ‘Doves’
Northern Cardinals, House Finches and a couple of Mourning Doves were all partying at my neighbor’s patio bird feeder a few days ago. We are seeing more and more migratory songbirds here so I am happy when I am able to get pictures of a group of these birds. I took these pictures on Sunday, October 16, 2016. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Northern Cardinals, House Finches, a Carolina Chickadee, a few Mourning Doves and a Tufted Titmouse were all spotted here on my street in the last few days in addition to the small flock of Downy Woodpeckers. I took all of these pictures last week. The birds are enjoying several nice bird feeders as well as the abundant insects in the shrubbery and Oaks.
We have been having nearly daily rain also so there is plenty of water, as well as food for the birds. Pretty soon, we will also be seeing many more migrating birds. I can’t wait! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger picture. Enjoy!
Mourning Doves have been cooing in the trees here on my street all year-long. These placid medium-sized tan doves are so soothing and pretty, they are a joy to have nearby. The doves have enjoyed feeding at the neighbor’s hanging tray bird feeder and also picking up fallen seed underneath the feeder pole.
Mourning Doves also enjoy a splash or two at the neighbor’s bird bath during the hot weather. Doves mostly eat grains but do also enjoy some fruits from time to time. They are sweet-tempered birds. I took these pictures during several days in the last month. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of that picture.
These Mourning Doves were spotted in various places around the development here where I live on December 15, 2013 just before and at sunset. These beautiful doves are sometimes seen perched on electric lines or walking around on the ground. They love eating seeds, berries, nuts and fruits. I really enjoy hearing their pleasant cooing.
The group of Mourning Doves roosting in the small tree, was just on the fringe of a dedicated wildlife area out-of-bounds to the public at one side of this development. I took those pictures from the roadway. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Some of the regulars here at the porch-side bird feeder have been the Tufted Titmice. They are intelligent small birds. If several titmice come to the feeder together, one will serve as a scout and will perch on the roof of the porch or on the porch railing while the others eat.
The titmice seem to also be in league with the Mourning Doves. The Mourning Doves are so afraid of humans here, they will scatter at the sound of my feet or the sight of me, even when I am quite a distance away from the feeder. When the doves fly off together, the Tufted Titmouse that the feeder and all of the other titmice, flee! Quite the early warning system! Likely needed recently due to visiting house cats and Red-shouldered Hawks in the vicinity. I took these pictures in my yard on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger version of that photograph. Enjoy!
Yesterday morning I took these pictures of a group of Mourning Doves that were all lined up on the electric line next to my home. I have been seeing a flock of perhaps sixteen Mourning Doves here this past week. They are quite skittish and will fly away whenever I move about outdoors where they can hear me or see me. The weather has been cool and rainy so not too many birds have been out. These doves are all seed and fruit eaters. They eat native plant seeds and also enjoy the Millet and Sunflower Seeds that drop from the bird feeder. I took the pictures in my yard from the porch on Nov. 7, 2012. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
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!