Daily Archives: March 16, 2018

Local doves

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Birds on a wire. I saw these Mourning Doves on a morning walk yesterday.

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A graceful, slender-tailed, small-headed dove that’s common across the continent. Mourning Doves perch on telephone wires and forage for seeds on the ground; their flight is fast and bullet straight. Their soft, drawn-out calls sound like laments. When taking off, their wings make a sharp whistling or whinnying.

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I see Mourning Doves regularly in my neighborhood, but not in large numbers. Just one or two, here and there.