A Lovey Dove-y Week

I’m a bit late to share my bird watching post as I ran errands this morning, then we attended a graduation party (small, mostly family) in the afternoon. And I’m not sure where the rest of the day went after that.

Despite the raging pandemic, I had a really nice week. One filled with pleasant surprises. Not many photos as I was at work for most of it.  One filled with more bird watching experiences than photos.

The Mourning Doves

I did capture some images of the mourning doves that clean up under my bird feeders. They probably thought it was Thanksgiving tonight as I accidentally spilled more seed than usual (new, large bag). Thank goodness the blackbirds and grackles have moved elsewhere!

I took these photos earlier in the week. One of the doves looked a bit smaller than the others. I’m not sure if it was a fledgling or not. 

Usually, I don’t pay very much attention to the mourning doves.  I’m focused on the antics of the house finches or chickadees or waiting impatiently for the hummingbird to show. The doves caught my eye this week as I spotted this out the window:

I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a dove land on my feeders like that! Even recently mentioned to a friend that doves didn’t usually land on the feeders. “My” mourning doves typically clean up and eat the seed spilled by on to the ground by the other birds (and the human who can’t quite manage a 20 lb bag of seed). Do your doves land on the feeders?

Other Bird Watching Experiences From The Week

Mentioned in my post on Wednesday, seeing hummingbirds not on feeders but rather feasting on trumpet vine flowers and then zinnias at work.

Also at my work, a small delight every time I opened the door to run to go on my break, a group of goldfinches feasting on the sunflowers planted near the wall. You just know I’m over here trying to figure out how to grow my own group of sunflowers now! Of course, I can’t get the one lonely little sunflower I have in a pot to bloom. So realistically, I’ll just be content to enjoy the scene at my work.

Caught a glimpse of a very bright blue bird one morning on the drive through the park en route to work. Not sure if it was an Eastern bluebird or an indigo bunting.

Listening to a group of tufted titmice raise a ruckus about the almost empty bird feeder late one evening.

(Not feathered friends: I spotted a bunny hiding under a neighbor’s car one morning. Spied a blue-tailed skink hiding under a log on the playground. Watched a chipmunk scurry across the road one morning. And saw a deer feeding right next to the roundabout in the park!)

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And to end the post, here’s my list of all the other birds I spotted this week: chickadees, downy woodpeckers, cardinals, a mockingbird, turkey vultures, crows, starlings, and sparrows. Also, heard but not seen: a group of blue jays calling.

What birds did you spot this week?

Joining in with the Bird Depot hosted by Anni over at I’d Rather B Birdin’.

 

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8 thoughts on “A Lovey Dove-y Week

    1. Jean Post author

      I guess I’ve just missed seeing mine on the feeder until now. Hope you are having a terrific week so far!

  1. Eileen

    Hello,

    I think the Mourning Doves are so sweet. I usually see them eating off the ground. Occasionally I have seen them on a feeder. Great wildlife sightings! Enjoy your day, have a great new week!

  2. Anni

    Hurricane Hanna. …I think it’s over. Power went out yesterday about 1 pm…didn’t get any A.C. until it was restored about 9 this morning. High winds, sporadic heavy rain, and last night tornadoes all over the area. No damage for us except lots of small branches.

    Thanks for stopping by and linking up this weekend. Bud & I have a bit of clean-up to do, so my visit is short.
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    1. Jean Post author

      Glad you didn’t have any damage from the hurricane. Hope you are getting to relax a bit now. Happy Wednesday!

  3. Phil

    Your feeder is huge Jean. There’s lots of room on the for those Mourning Doves. Our doves and pigeons, Collared Dove, Wood Pigeon and Stock Dove never land on feeders but they do hang around where there’s free food. Your getting a good bird list recently!

    1. Jean Post author

      Yes, there’s lots of room for the doves but they aren’t very good at balancing on it I noticed. I do feel lucky to see such a great variety of birds lately. Hope you’re having a great week so far!

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