MORNING - MOURNING DOVES
In the mornings the doves line up on the power lines, waiting for the breakfast call. At this time of year, the only doves up there are Mourning Doves. Unless a hawk flies near, they will stay patiently until I come out. I leave food on the ground for them - small suet snacks, peanuts, black oil sunflower seeds. They also forage around in the flower beds, in the leaf piles under the shedding mesquite tree, and under the seed feeders. I've never been able to get an exact count, but at their peak I've estimated between 120 and 150 on the ground or waiting on the wall. However, since they arrive in flocks, I don't know if that's a true total - there may be more.After the morning feeding frenzy, small groups hang around all morning and then come back later in the day. They like to sunbathe on a power lineor on top of the concrete patio wall.In spring and summer, I hear the Mourning Doves cooing softly all day long. But in these colder months I rarely hear them call.
AFTERNOON - INCA DOVES
The little Inca Doves are back after a couple of months away. Occasionally I see them feeding among the much larger Mourning Doves in the mornings, but these days they seem to come to enjoy the sunshine and warmth on the concrete block wall. This was today's line-up:and one going solo: