Mourning Doves deedsphotos

Mourning doves are among the most beautiful birds that come to our backyard feeder in Michigan. Their colors are iridescent and their plaintive cooo-cooo-coo is the source of their name.

Doves feed peacefully together with sparrows, cardinals, and most other birds at our feeder except for grackles and blue jays who chase the other birds away when feeding. Doves are seed and grain eaters and generally feed on or close to the ground. They are found throughout the continental United States, southern Canada as well as central and South America. They nest in trees and lay two small white eggs.

 Rumor has it that Dick Cheney is an avid dove hunter. He uses the same shock and awe technique, developed by Rumsfeld in Iraq, which he used so successfully on his recent quail hunting expedition in Texas. Fortunately, doves are even harder to hit with a shotgun than quail. He gets mostly lawyers.

Fat dove.

Young doves tussle at feeder.

Young doves fight over sunflower seeds

Sibling rivalry among young doves at feeder

Dove molting.

Young doves fight at feeder.

Young doves not as peaceful as their elders.
Young doves not as peaceful as their elders.

This squirrel just leapt down from the roof to the bird feeder.

Robbing the feeder despite efforts by a blue jay to chase him away.

Two fledglings

Parents & fledgling

Parents & fledgling

Fledgling dove learning to fly

House sparrows & fledgling doves

House sparrow, female cardinal & two doves feeding peacefully together

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jorge 10 years ago from Brooklyn

those are great photos.


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Ralph Deeds 10 years ago Author

Thanks to Paul & Jorge.


sarah 10 years ago

Wonderful photos, and informative, too!


Renee 9 years ago

I enjoyed your photos very much... and your Cheney humor! Bet I can guess your politics correctly<grin>. Have fun sailing and birdwatching!


Laurel 8 years ago

I ADORE Mourning Doves and plan to hatch and raise a pair when I retire. These photos did my heart good. I've loved & studied these birds since I was a child. I've chosen names for the first two I get (Once, as in the Spanish word for eleven, and Morocco). I also have names picked out for the M. doves I want to acquire after that. Post more photos ANYTIME! Thank you so very much.


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Ralph Deeds 8 years ago Author

I'm glad you enjoyed them. They are my favorite bird, too.


Karla 8 years ago

These pictures remind me of the gentle coo they produce in my backyard. And, the summers at my grandmothers sitting on the porch watching them. Beautiful birds! Thank you for the great memories!


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moonlake 8 years ago from America

Love your bird photos very nice. We have mourning doves but they never get on our feeder they just eat off the ground.


Betty Kokolski 8 years ago

I found a very young mourning dove this am. Fell out of the nest. Should I try and return it to the nest or keep it with me and try and raise it?


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Ralph Deeds 8 years ago Author

Not sure. I'm not an expert. Maybe somebody else might know.


Kazinsky 5 years ago

The most beautiful Mourning doves!!!

simply unique photos,throughout the Internet no such photos...


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Ralph Deeds 5 years ago Author

Thanks for your kind comment.


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

Mr. Deeds-I linked my new hub: Mourning Dove-How to Identify Them Through sight and Sound to your hub. I enjoyed your hub and loved the photos. I hope you don't mind.


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Ralph Deeds 5 years ago Author

Thanks. I added a link to your excellent site to my hub above.


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

Thank you. I appreciate it. :)


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mannyrolando 5 years ago

I really enjoyed this hub! Great photos!

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