Mr. Mourning Dove Checks His Surroundings

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I put out lots of seed for Mr. and Mrs. Mourning Dove. They're raising a family and need the nourishment.

Occasionally, they like to suppliment their diet with tasty morsels other than seed. I can't imagine what was under my liriope that caught this fella's interest. It must have been good. He kept going back for seconds and thirds.

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His true love is usually three or four steps behind him. I'm thinking, this time she is on her nest, brooding that precious clutch of two small eggs.

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April 19, 20170 found this helpful

Is it me or is that a smile on its face?!

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April 20, 20170 found this helpful

I think it could be said the bird has a 'friendly countenance'. Doves are a sign of peace. And indeed, they are peaceable creatures. I have never seen them spar or squabble. The only time I've seen a male show aggression was when another male came too close to his nest.

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April 23, 20170 found this helpful

They are indeed lovely creatures. We have several that seem to like our special feeders that will accommodate doves as well as their food sprinkled in their special places. We also have one little loner that has lost her/his mate and I always feel sad when I see that little one but they sometimes spend the night just snuggled down near our house.

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Nice photo catch.
Betty

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April 24, 20170 found this helpful

You can easily discern the gender of a mature Mourning Dove. If you see a pair together, note the black 'oval' markings on their wings. The male's markings will be darker and more pronounced. In no time you will be able to tell the gender when the bird is alone.

The pictured dove is a male.

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April 25, 20170 found this helpful

Thanks for this information as I really want to know if my loner is male or female - just for my own curiosity.

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April 30, 20170 found this helpful

What do you supplement other than seed.?

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April 30, 20170 found this helpful

Seed is all I put out for the doves. That's all I've ever known them to eat.

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Now I'm curious. I'll have to research to see if they eat other things.

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