Dove Nesting

Larry Trupp

Winnipeg, Canada

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The World As We See It, Or As You Missed It.. 29 Jan 2011

Location: In Plum Coulee, Manitoba,Canada

I was attending a baseball tournament in this small southern town near the USA border, where my grandson’s team was in the tournment. I went for a walk in the park, and spotted this Mourning Dove on her nest.

A graceful, slender-tailed, small-headed dove that’s common across the continent. Mourning Doves perch on telephone wires and forage for seeds on the ground; their flight is fast and bullet straight. Their soft, drawn-out calls sound like laments. When taking off, their wings make a sharp whistling or whinnying. Mourning Doves are the most frequently hunted species in North America.

Size & Shape
Plump-bodied and long-tailed, with short legs, small bill, and a head that looks particularly small in comparison to the body. The long, pointed tail is unique among North American doves.

Color Pattern
Mourning Doves often match their open-country surroundings. They’re delicate brown to buffy-tan overall, with black spots on the wings and black-bordered white tips to the tail feathers.

Behavior
Mourning Doves fly fast on powerful wingbeats, sometimes making sudden ascents, descents, and dodges, their pointed tails stretching behind them.

Habitat
You can see Mourning Doves nearly anywhere except the deep woods. Look for them in fields or patches of bare ground, or on overhead perches like telephone wires.

Model: Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XTi F stop: F/5.6 Exposure: 1/200 sec. Focal length: 250.0 mm Flash: flash did not fire, compulsory flash mode (16) Dimensions: 2400×1599 Shutter speed (Tv): 7.6

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