Mourning doves all winter

In years past, we’ve always had a couple of mourning doves that were regular visitors, eating the sunflower seeds off the ground that fell from the feeders. We see and hear them during the rest of the year, but this is the first time they came to feed as a flock and stayed all winter.

Mourning doves_mar2018

Earlier in the season, they were very flighty. taking off into the woods at the slightest sound. But as the weeks went by, they grew more trusting, flying into the nearby trees when we went outside, returning to feed after only a brief time away.

Maybe since they found a reliable food source, they’ll return next winter. Meanwhile, I look forward to hearing their soft cooing when breeding season rolls around…which should be soon!

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8 thoughts on “Mourning doves all winter

    • The ones “in the wild” are eating berries and seeds. I feel bad for the ground feeding birds when it snows, but the ones here are living it up eating the spillage from the feeders.

  1. That is super wonderful. Like you said, we usually have a couple every year in the spring but nothing like that. Thanks for sharing.

    > Jo Ann Abell posted: “In years past, we’ve always had a couple of > mourning doves that were regular visitors, eating the sunflower seeds > off the ground that fell from the feeders. We see and hear them during > the rest of the year, but this is the first time they came to feed as > ” > >

    • Hi Jacquie. We had fewer birds overall this winter so we’re enjoying the doves. Been lucky here…only a couple of small snows. Can’t wait for spring!

  2. For some reason, to me they look awkward on the ground. They look like Wimpy the hamburger guy in the old Popeye comic strip. They are great flyers once they get airborne.

    • I’ve thought the same thing…maybe not Wimpy the hamburger guy…but they are definitely more athletic in the air. Although a bit sluggish on the uptake, with their long wings and long, pointed tail, they are capable of cruising at 55 mph.

  3. Lovely snowy photo. I esp. love the desert-sand coloring of their breast. Matter of fact, I painted my hallway that color, I loved it so much!

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