Sunday, April 26, 2015

Like a Flock of Chickens

The Mourning Doves have been numerous this spring. These shots are from last month, gathering to eat the scratch feed I had scattered.

Pretty plumage.



 
A female Brown-Headed Cowbird behind the dove.



Female Red-Winged Blackbirds get into the mix.
 
Probably a good thing they're prevalent as I've noticed the resident hawks have selected a few for spring dinners.
Linking to The Bird D'Pot

117 comments:

Gayle said...

The dove's plumage is one of my favorite color palettes.

Nancy's Notes said...

Oh, the sound of a mourning dove coo is just beautiful, isn't it? Great shots, Tex~

Tinna Sjoeberg said...

All animals are treated very nice by you :) Love the close ups!
Have a beautiful Sunday

Tinna ✐

Gosia k said...

I love I birds and I believe we have the same in Poland, too

Fjällripan said...

Very beautiful! both doves and photos! :)

eileeninmd said...

They do seem to have good numbers all over.. I have a lot of the doves here too. Great shots.. Enjoy your Sunday and have a happy week ahead!

A Quiet Corner said...

Thanks for identifying the female Red-Wing...I never would have guessed!...:)JP

Helma said...

They are really beautiful birds to see.
In the Netherlands I've never seen one.

Stephanie Faris said...

Beautiful! I was just telling my husband we need a bird feeder at our new house to keep my dog entertained. We're leaving a house with a pond behind it and there seems to always be something exciting going on back there.

It's me said...

Have a Nce sunday....love Ria ....x!

Anvilcloud said...

I don't think I've ever seen so many at once.

eViL pOp TaRt said...

Those are lovely doves. They make an interesting sound when they take off, too!

Sandra said...

I love doves, they are so gentle and a little on the dumb side.. I love their coos and the way they sit together on the power wires. we only have 2 now, we have a resident hawk and I have yet to get a photo, but he comes every day and our squirrels are gone to. we have not seen a squirrel in about 2 weeks and only 2 doves and a couple of cardinals. i hope the hawk moves on soon.

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Pix Under the Oaks said...

Our doves must be nesting. We aren't seeing them like we did a couple of weeks ago. Maybe they have moved on. I love hearing them coo. I'd hate to think hawks are picking them off but possible.

Ms. A said...

I have tons of doves, in fact that's the majority of what I do have. They are a frequent victim of the hawks.

DJan said...

I'm surprised how many different species of animals you feed, and how they pretty much stay separate. Do they come in shifts? The doves leave and here come the whistlers? :-)

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

They have such an elegant and understated color. With such soft sweet coos... =) Yes, good thing there are plenty for all. blessings ~ tanna

Jeanne said...

Lovely shots and so enjoy the sounds of these doves outside in the early morning. Looks like you provide a very good breakfast table!

Karen @ away for the weekend said...

Nice shots! We have these in our area, also - and I find their coo soothing - for a while... After a few hours, though, I'm like ok ok - enough already!

ThreeOldKeys said...

Those red feet really stand out, don't they? I usually see them plopped down on our deck -- two at a time.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

I remember when I first saw lady Red-winged Blackbirds, I wondered what they were. Then their menfolk stopped by, and I figured it out!
~

Irma said...

Beautiful pictures of the pigeons.
This species can not see you in the Netherlands.

joeh said...

When I see these guys, the word "Birdbrained" comes to mind.

LV said...

They appear you have been feeding them very well. We have a few around here, but I do no like to hear them. Seem sad to me.

Mildred said...

Such pretty photos. I love their little feet!

Nancy Chan said...

I think the Mourning Doves are very pretty. I wondered how the name Mourning Doves comes about.

Miss Val's Creations said...

They are so beautiful up close. I love those gorgeous red feet!

Birdman said...

Love the sounds of my doves. They 'work' the clutter under my birdfeeders. And that's a good thing. Coo, coo, coo...

wilga02 said...

Beautiful and delicate birds :)

Fly Girl said...

I've never seen these doves, now I know where the term dove gray comes from!

RedPat said...

They seem to be just in pairs here. I've never seen such a large group of them.

Pom Pom said...

You are such a good bird girl! Aren't they pretty? So grey and soft.

EG CameraGirl said...

I bet you hear a lot of early morning (or mourning) cooing there! ;)

Sylvia K said...

Oh, I do love these!! So beautiful!

Thistle Cove Farm said...

Wonderful photos, I dearly loving mourning doves and they come to my feeder every morning and early evening. As do the guineas which amuse me no end!

Marie C said...

We have so many doves in our yard all the time that I tend not to take photos! These shots of them are lovely. I have to quit being so complacent about their presence!

Maggid said...

Doves!!! I'm used to seeing them everywhere i live - it was years before i learned not everyone has that experience . . . hmmmm -

Bob Bushell said...

Brilliant Mourning Doves, lovely munchers.

Revrunner said...

Ach! There's no doubt about it. It's a bird-eat-bird world out there.

Gail said...

Beautiful. I love their coos, so soothing.

Red said...

So because you are feeding the doves we should get some this summer that are fat and healthy.

John's Island said...

Hi Tex, Neat pics and I'll bet there are some nice sounds as well.

DIMI said...

I like doves,Tex!Preety plumage!!
Happy birds visiting your yard!!
Wonderful pictures!!
Dimi...

DIMI said...

I like doves,Tex!Preety plumage!!
Happy birds visiting your yard!!
Wonderful pictures!!
Dimi...

Debby@Just Breathe said...

We have had a few dove's hanging around this year.

William Kendall said...

Beautiful colours on them. I've always liked the sound of their call.

Lois Evensen said...

Beautiful birds. From a distance they look like pretty plain grey birds. Up close the detail is so very pretty!

Gwen said...

I absolutely love the sound of mourning doves. I really do. Great photos!

Leovi - La Fotografía Efectista Abstracta said...

  Wonderful pictures, I love these beautiful birds!

Giga said...

The black color in the feathers adds to the charm. Regards.

laurak/ForestWalkArt :) said...

AH, the peaceful doves!!
love them & great shots of their feasting!!

Hannah said...

I love the sounds of the Mourning Doves, especially the cool sound they make when they take flight. I was happy to finally have one here last year, and this year I saw a pair, but never up close like your wonderful shots! I like the second one where I can see the iridescence on the dove's feathers.

Mary Kirkland said...

Such pretty coloring.

Anni said...

Fantastic Ms. T. One of my favorites are mourning doves...their song.

And pretty, pretty Mrs. R W Blackbird.

Joseph Jameson-Gould said...

Love the subtle beauty of these guys. Just a little bit of blue eye shadow!

Cheryl @ TFD said...

I love that you take such good care of all your feathered friends! The doves are one of my favorite birds, I love their sounds.

Kovács Miklós said...

Seems they were quite hungry :)

Lukasz W said...

Great shots!

Stephen Hayes said...

Such wonderful pearl and grey colors.

magnoliasntea said...

Great photos! I love mourning doves. They are hunted here in early fall. :(

Lynn said...

I like the ripple look of the wing feathers:@)

Rose said...

They are JUST SO Beautiful!

Kathy said...

These photos really show off the rose-colored hue on their feathers.

Sally said...

You take such good care of the critters who visit you. Obviously, the word is out that you feed them well. :)

Our photos said...

Wonderful colors on these birds !

barbara l. hale said...

I love mourning doves. Well, I guess I pretty much love all birds. But the doves are so mellow and sound so beautiful. I hope the hawks have had their fill and leave them alone for a while.

messymimi said...

Sad to think of any of these being supper, yet it's also sad to think of the hawks going hungry. Such a dilemma!

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

They doves are beautiful and you captured great shots.
Have a nice evening. We are in for storms again here. Tis the spring season!!
CM

Cranberry Morning said...

Run and hide, sweet doves. Bridger kept birds of prey out of our air space. On the other hand, I'm not sure how friendly a GSD would be to wandering doves. Snack?

Julia said...

I love doves, they look so gentle. We have some around and I like to listen to their cooing.
Hugs,
JB

Lynne said...

Interesting, they are flocking here in droves too. However, I don't think my Dove visitors have the same coloring on their feet. I will have to try for a close up.
Fun to see your chicks!

Michelle said...

They are always so sweet to see, and hear. Love their feet.

KB Bear said...

Our doves are not back yet so thank you for giving me my Mourning Dove fix! I wonder if any of yours are en route to here!

Randy said...

I love morning doves.

Linda said...

I am so glad you have so many of those beautiful birds!

Linda
http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com

Paula said...

Their feet show off so vivid in your pictures.

Ruth Hiebert said...

I like their pretty pink legs and feet.

Chandra Eswaran said...

Distinctive flume and feet are so colorful and pretty!
Beautiful close-up shots, Theresa!!

Have a Beautiful Day!
Peace :)

orchid Miyako said...

Dearest Theresa; Pretty plumage, they have♡♡♡ And I love their their red feet which add the pretty color to them. very different from ours (as I commented before) (^_^)v
Sweet to see other birds together, too.

So sorry for my recent absence, wishing you will have a wonderful new week.
Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend in America, xoxo Miyako*

Munir said...

Very pretty plumage indeed. Love their pink feet.

Munir said...

I hope that things are fine where you are. Heard there was a bad tornado in Texas.

S. J. Qualls said...

I do love the doves and their saunter across the yard.

Felicia said...

i like their pink feet.

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Theresa,
Lovely red feet too.
Finally catching up on blogs. Got very dizzy on Friday evening and hit the mattress early. Yesterday I had to catch up on cleaning and laundry.
Hugs,
Mariette

Debby Ray said...

They really are such peaceful, beautiful creatures. We have tons of them too this year.

Debbie said...

Pretty "purple" plumage!! I have been seeing a lot of them this spring also. I noticed two on the deck rail this morning that were quite "intimate"!!! I was not sure it was appropriate to take pictures, but you know I did anyway!!

Debbie said...

I just remembered that I forgoy to say how pretty the images are. They are beautiful, showing off lots of pretty details in their feathers!!

Linda said...

Nice! I wonder if you are feeding half of Texas!

Gert said...

I love Turtle Doves! They are such gentle creatures! Great shots!!

Rita said...

They sound so sweet. The little cowbird is pretty! :)

darlin said...

Beautiful birds and fantastic shots!

I hope you have yourself a wonderful week Tex!

Paul said...

Nice close in pictures, you sure spoil your many winged guests!

Pietro and Cynthia said...

They are so cute, lovely plumage!

Marit Sønstebø said...

So cute they are! We have also some doves here latekly, but they are called forest doves here. They are pretty too, but they are so noisy... ;)

Cloudia said...

our doves have no black dots





ALOHA from Honolulu,
ComfortSpiral
=^..^=

Ratty said...

That's pretty good. I've never seen so many mourning doves in one place.

Made by KKann said...

You have so many different birds.

MICKAN from QUEENS FIELD¸.•°`♥✿⊱╮ said...

Lovely bird and lovely pictures.

And You are so kind to all the bird that give them food. They must eat a lot.

Halcyon said...

Not my favorite bird, but I do like their coo-ing.

Booth 555 said...

Your house must be like the birdie buffet! I bet they love it. Makes me want to put out more feed.

I love the ones above with the little pink cheeks, well almost on their cheeks. First time I've ever seen them that I can remember. That close up.

-Lisa

DeniseinVA said...

We don't get this many mourning doves but the few we do get I always enjoy, and love to hear their cooing wake up call.

bailey-road.com said...

Such sweet birds. They seem to be a favorite target for the hawks.

McGuffy Ann Morris said...

We have several pairs here. I love them.

Karen S. said...

So that's where mine are! Hehehe! Normally we have bunches too, but I haven't seen very many yet this year. They're one of my favorites!

Gail Dixon said...

The cowbird and blackbirds really mix in well. Don't think I would've noticed them if you hadn't pointed them out. You treat your doves well. Mine have to rely on cast-offs from the small bird feeders.

Phil Slade said...

You are very generous with that seed Theresa. No wonder they come back for more.

Stephanie said...

Wow, super images of the doves!

Robin Lamb said...

T, very nice series of shots! Aren't the doves just so elegant!

Cheri Savory Spoon said...

These are such sweet birds....

Gunilla Bäck said...

Lovely shots of these pretty birds.

Crafty Green Poet said...

what pretty doves!

Its Time to Live said...

Nice to see Mourning Doves instead of the Eurasian Ring neck doves that are taking over at least in my part of the world.

Jeevan said...

Beautiful series on the dove flocks!

edenhills said...

It does look like a whole flock. I've noticed more and more doves around my place in the last couple of years.

Mich said...

You make them look so elegant and fancy!! ....as opposed to the idiots that fly into our windows and immediately get snatched up by hawks...

Angela said...

I've not seen morning doves at my house in a long time. Cowbirds are so funny to see though.

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