Tuesday, June 26, 2012

MOURNING

I'll just bet you've missed the bird pictures, haven't you.  Well here's one of two.


This is a pair of Mourning Doves.  We seem to live in the midst of a covey (?) of them.  They are all over the place.  I sort of like them but then they don't perch right over my bedroom window.  SWMBO says their mournful but monotonous call drives her crazy.

Incidentally, note the spelling.  Some people refer to them as Morning Doves.  Uh-uh.  Not correct.  I don't know why they seem so mournful but I have described them previously as one of the stupidest birds around.  Maybe they know of their reputation and are expressing their unhappiness.  Whatever it is . . here is a video of one "cooing."



Like I said, I kind of like them.  But when you've heard that sad cry perhaps a couple of hundred times, it can get on the nerves.

10 comments:

  1. Interesting birds. Good shots.

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  2. We have them around here, too, but I never paid them much attention. Mostly what I hear is this infernal ringing in my ears from too many years of being around props and jets and construction sites. I sometimes miss hearing these little things.

    S

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  3. It sounds rather soothing to my ear, but as you say anything can be irritating if heard repeatedly.

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  4. We love our doves (ha - poetry!). But when we lived in a third floor apartment & a pair of them decided to build a nest in our chimney... Not so much!

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  5. Much nicer to look at and listen to when you don't have them close to you physically...

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  6. I am with Judy, the cry is so irritating. Ours seem to call, 'cuckookoo', over and over again. Poor silly birds, they invite predators.
    (I am not saying Morty, since we fitted double bells to his collar!)

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  7. they just like you. be thankful!

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  8. Our yard is full of them too along with the larger turtle doves. The chicks are out of the nest now too so everything is all a flutter out there.

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  9. I have a pair of collared doves who visit the bird feeder every day. They are always together - I love their togetherness and good manners in each waiting for the other to feed. They had 4 chicks this year, who also now come to the feeder. I know what you mean about their call, but they are such lovely, gentle birds.

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