Despite its size, the mourning dove is a mild-mannered, unassuming bird, unlike the pigeons who are pushy and overbearing. They are always welcome in our garden. Their gentle cooing make a nice change from the racket that the sparrows make every day.
Like the cardinals, they usually arrive in pairs, one, two or even three pairs at a time. We have even seen as many as 14 of these birds in the garden at one time.
They are with us all year round and, because they are rather slow off the mark, tend to be a regular target for the hawk. They are also hunted as game in some parts of the country, more than 20 million birds are shot annually, but because of its prolific breeding – one pair can raise anything up to 6 broods of 2 in a year – its numbers remain strong.
They’re not quarrelsome birds and get on nicely with the others at the feeders, happy to take what they can get without getting into a fight over it. And when the sparrows clear off, it fits nicely into the tray.
Great shots and write up.
Thank you, Michael!
You’re welcome Sue.
They are adorable. 😊
Always a welcome addition to the garden.
I agree! 😉
This was a great post! I loved your write up! I have a pair who come every year to my front porch to nest! I love them! They have the sweetest faces!
Thank you! They do seem to be creatures of habit and are very pleasant to have around.
Lovely pictures, Sue! Elegant birds!
Thank you, Indira!
Very nice shots! 👏👏👏
Thank you, Valerie!
Lovely photos of a gentle, kind soft looking bird.
Thank you, Marianne! I can see why the dove is a symbol of peace.
Doves are so dovey. 🙂 I always enjoyed seeing them at my feeders. Thanks for sharing your great photos of them. Cheers.
Thank you, Lynette!
We have zillions of them here in Arizona. I love seeing them all puffed up the way the one is in your photo.
Breeding conditions must be just right for them there in Arizona. We see quite a few but not in such numbers.
They are very like our collared doves. They are charming birds.
Always nice to see them in the garden.
Ilove these doves.One day back in November a flock arrived on the ground below our feeders and I counted 22 !!
Wow! That’s a lot of doves!
The pics are awesome, and your info is interesting. Great Post!
Thank you, Chris!
A pretty shoot. I love the expressions you captured. And their blue eyeliner.
Many thanks, Donna!
Thank you, Sarah!