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.
Young doves tussle at feeder.
Young doves fight over sunflower seeds
Sibling rivalry among young doves at feeder
Young doves fight at feeder.
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.
Parents & fledgling
Parents & fledgling
Fledgling dove learning to fly
House sparrows & fledgling doves
House sparrow, female cardinal & two doves feeding peacefully together
- The Mourning Dove-How to Identify Them Through Sight and Sound
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