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Cloudy Day Pictures of Mourning Doves

I often spot a group of Mourning Doves taking off from a patch of native plants growing in the yard.  They love to browse for seeds among the weeds and grasses.  When not walking in the yard the Doves are perching on the electric lines or are high up in a dead tree in the gulch.  They are skittish and won’t let me come anywhere near them.  They also serve as sentinels for other birds because when the Doves fly up, the other birds on or around the bird feeder get startled and fly off, too.    I enjoy seeing these birds and hearing their soft cooing.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photo.  Enjoy!

Doves

There are a few Mourning Doves that live here in the yards.  I sometimes stumble upon a small group of maybe five or six when I am out walking in my large yard.   They also like to perch on the peak of the roof of my house.  This sometimes reminds me of a few of the homes in Solvang, CA which have a Danish design with a stork carving on the roof.  I like hearing the coos of the various doves here.  These doves eat seeds.  They are too large to eat from the bird feeder and sometimes stand under that feeder to catch the dropped Sunflower Seeds.  I took these pictures in my yard during hte last two weeks.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Mourning Doves on the Wire

Mourning Doves sure are nice to hear when they coo!  I like having them around.  I like seeing the Doves sitting on the electric wire or in a tree branch.  I also don’t mind when the Doves stroll around in the grass near the house.  Doves eat seeds and fruits.  They are eager to get the Millet or Sunflower Seeds that are shaken down from the bird feeder whenever a larger bird lands on the feeder’s plastic tray.  They also enjoy the seeds of native plants found in the yards.   I took these pictures on several different days recently here in my yard.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photo.  Enjoy!

Birds in the Yard

A Mourning Dove

A Female Northern Yellow-shafted Flicker

A Great Blue Heron, a pair of Northern Yellow-shafted Flickers, and a Mourning Dove were among the birds that have been in my yards in the last couple of days.  I took allofthese pictures on July 10, 2012 and again on July 11, 2012 in my yards.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

A Great Blue Heron

A Male Northern Yellow-shafted Flicker

Lovely, Peaceful, Doves

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!

A Eurasian Collard Dove?

I saw what I believe to be a Eurasian Collard Dove here in one of the Oaks next to the little pond two days ago.  I looked out my living room window and saw a pinkish bird way up in the tree branches.  From the shape of the bird, I immediately knew that the bird was a dove.  I had never seen a Eurasian Collard Dove before.  The main difference between the more common Mourning Dove and this Eurasian Collard Dove is that this dove has a pink tinge to the head and chest that the other dove does not have.  The bird is medium-sized, light grey and pink, and has a faint ring around its neck that is hard to see.

Like most doves, this one eats seeds, nuts, and fruits.  The Eurasian Collard Doves live primarily in the Southern U.S.A.  Apparently these doves had been released into the wild  in the Bahamas in the 1970’s and have spread to the Southeastern U.S.A..  They are becoming more established here in TN now.   I only saw this single bird here but I did see another similar dove up the road a few miles away when out driving.  I have only seen a dove here twice.  The last time was way back around Halloween (end of October).  This dove is likely a Eurasian Collard Dove but I am not  absolutely sure.  I can tell you, this bird did not look like most Mourning Doves I have seen.  It looked very pink – almost like it was luminously shining.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Pleasant Mourning Doves

Mourning Doves are such nice birds.  They softly coo to one another and seem to get along well with all of the other birds.  The Mourning Doves here flock in groups of eight to ten most of the time.  I see about six or so around here every day.  The Mourning Doves perch in the Oaks and Hickories as well as the larger Pines.  The Mourning Doves eat seeds, nuts, berries, grain, and smaller fruits.  The Mourning Doves generally browse on the ground for their food.  The Mourning Doves are easily spooked and fly off for the trees when people are near.  These lovely tan birds are medium-sized and are about the same size as the Rock Pigeons or the smaller Common Crows.  These doves are a cousin of the White Dove, which is often used as a symbol of peace .  I am happy to have the resident doves here.  Please click on the thumbnail version to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Monday’s Mourning Doves

Mourning Doves are such easy-going birds.  They are here as a small flock of five birds.  They swoop down with rustling wings and just graze under the bird feeder.  They are happy to eat the fallen bird seed, preferring the ever-so-popular black oil sunflower seeds.  The Doves have been pretty quiet with no cooing happening.  They have been in and out of the backyard depending on if the Crows are here or not.  They tend to watch the movements of the Chipmunks and Grey Squirrels.  When the Chipmunks or Squirrels are around the bird feeder, the  Doves feel that it is safe to also be there.  Of course, when I go outside and make any noise, all of the Doves and the Chipmunks scatter!   Sometimes the Grey Squirrel stays because he feels no threat from me.  I took these pictures over several days recently and all were taken in my own backyard.  Please click on the thumbnail version to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Placid Mourning Doves

Mourning Doves are so easy-going!  They perch on open branches, and on electric telephone wires.  They love to eat on the forest floor under my bird feeder.  They placidly peck at dropped sunflower seeds, cracked corn, peanuts and other bird seed delights.  I have a couple of these nice birds that make their home in the tall Hickory Trees in my back yard.  Not much bothers these birds.  They tolerate the Chipmunk and all those excited Grey Squirrels.  They don’t even get too flustered when the Mallard Ducks take over the area under that bird feeder.  At times, I have seen a Chipmunk, a couple of Mourning Doves and a Mallard all at the same time under that ever-more-popular bird feeder!  Mourning Doves eat seeds, nuts, berries, and small fruits.  Please click on the thumbnail version to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Birds on the Wire

Mourning Dove

We have all seen birds perched on the electric lines overhead in neighborhoods.  My street is no exception.  I took these photographs while out on walks up and down my street earlier this summer.  The photographs show a Kingbird, an Eastern Bluebird, a Goldfinch, and a Red-Bellied Woodpecker sitting on the top of the telephone pole. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger version of that photograph.  Enjoy!

Goldfinch


King Bird

Sparrow

Red-Bellied Woodpecker

Eastern Bluebird

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