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!
Eastern Bluebirds, an Eastern Phoebe, a White-breasted Nuthatch, many Canada Geese, and a few Mourning Doves were here in the yards Wednesday afternoon when I went out with the camera to snap a few pictures. We also had a bunch of House Finches and a lone Eastern Blue Jay but I did not get pictures of those birds. Oh yes, we also had a flock of Common Crows that flew off before I could capture them on digital camera snap-shots.
The season is definitely changing and the weather has been cooler and wetter in recent days. We also have had a bit of morning fog. Pretty soon, the migratory ducks and songbirds will be arriving but now is a rather quiet time as far as wildlife watching here. I took these pictures on October 3, 2012 , and Oct. 4, 2012, in my yard. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
House Finch and White-Breasted Nuthatch
Canada Geese on the Pond
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!
While out near the pond I saw a small turtle basking on a rock at the opposite shore of the pond from where I was at. It is the first turtle I have seen in the year I have lived here. It is illegal for Tennesseans to own turtles as pets but OK for turtles to live in the wild in ponds, lakes, rivers and streams. I also saw a Red-bellied Woodpecker, several Canada Geese, a Mourning Dove, an American Robin, an Eastern Bluebird, and a House Finch. I also saw to my absolute happiness, a pair of Mallard Ducks on the pond. I have missed seeing ducks here in recent weeks and am very happy to have seen this pair. Hopefully these ducks are scouts and more ducks will be on the way here soon. I took these pictures on Sept. 21, 2012 in my yard. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.
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 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!
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
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!
Mourning Doves come and go in flocks of about six here. They perch on the branches of the Oaks and Hickories and just coo away. They are sweet-natured but very skittish birds. There are predator birds such as the Cooper’s Hawk that have been around the neighborhood in the past few days, so the Mourning Doves are on the alert! The Mourning Doves love the corn, nuts, and sunflower seeds that are out on the ground in several spots. The Mourning Doves are basically ground-feeders. As far as I can tell, both genders of the Mourning Doves look-alike, but the males are a little larger and have a pinkish-colored breast. The Mourning Doves are good parents and usually have a nest of two eggs at a time. The Mourning Doves usually nest in the spring and summers here in Cumberland County, Tennessee. I am always happy to see the Mourning Doves here, and am turning into an avid birdwatcher! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photograph. Enjoy!