Category Archives: Mourning Doves

A Multitude of Mourning Doves and a House Sparrow to Rule Them All

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Up Close and Personal: Mourning Dove

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A Multitude of Mourning Doves

Every winter I get a flock of Mourning Doves that feeds together in my backyard every afternoon before sunset. In past years I’ve had as many as 19 birds trying to fit together on the feeders at the same time. … Continue reading

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Birds-a-Plenty

First 90+ goldfinches arrived and emptied my tube feeders about every 2 days. Goldfinches usually feed exclusively from the tube feeders, but there were so many birds that the overflow decided to eat seed from my platform feeders instead. I’d … Continue reading

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More Mourning Doves

My Mourning Dove collection continues to grow—thankfully not exponentially. Thirteen birds now show up regularly. They land on the platform feeders just before dusk. They eat together for a bit and then they huddle together to stay warm and snooze. … Continue reading

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Myriad of Mourning Doves

I’m drowning in Mourning Doves right now, and every afternoon more of them appear. I’d only seen a couple of Mourning Dove regulars this fall until last week when 4 of them visited my platform feeder. Over the weekend that … Continue reading

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Distinctive Dove

This is what a Mourning Dove looks like: But last week a Mourning Dove with slightly flashier markings showed up at my feeder. Here’s the standard version of my new visitor: And the puffed-up version: When I first noticed the … Continue reading

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Why I Loathe European Starlings

In case you thought I was exaggerating about how piggish starlings are, I present Exhibit A: Imagine what it’s like when the entire flock of 55 birds descends on the feeders. All I see are spotted, swarming bodies. Even the … Continue reading

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El Niño Strikes Again

We had a green Christmas this year—really green. Some of the lawns haven’t looked this bright-green and healthy since last spring. The temperature hit a ridculously-high 55 degrees on December 23rd, and the dewpoint got into the mid-50s so the … Continue reading

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Takin’ a Shower

A Mourning Dove was perched above the feeding station when a thunderstorm rolled in. I thought he would fly away, but he just sat there as the raindrops got bigger and came down harder and harder: Then he started a … Continue reading

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