Weather: another gray day / 21 degrees F / lake effect snow is falling – we should be getting at least 2-3 inches worth by morning.
I have a soft spot for mourning doves. They are such sweet, gentle birds and I love to have them visit me. Despite the fact that they are ground feeders, they’ve figured out how to eat directly from my bird-feeder. They coo to each other from the trees surrounding my backyard. I find it very soothing. Their call is rather sad and mournful – so of course, they are called mourning doves.
This afternoon, I came home from work for a late lunch and discovered that the doves had been spreading the word – “free food at Jill’s house!”
There were almost 30 doves in the branches of the trees, just waiting their turn at the feeder. They always take to the trees as soon as I appear and don’t come down until I leave. They are very polite when eating, only perching on the feeder 3 or 4 at a time, with another 3 or 4 eating on the ground. The juncos, nuthatches and chickadees aren’t intimidated and stop in for their own share. The cardinals are shyer, waiting until I come out to add more seed and so frighten the larger birds away: at least for a little while.
Mourning doves are a very sociable group, I very rarely see only one. That is probably why there are so many names for a large group of them: a bevy, a cote, dole, dule,or a flight. My true love got two of them for Christmas – they are also called turtledoves.
Waiting for their fair share
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