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Sunday, January 24, 2021

Wings of a dove

I filled the bird feeders this morning and then just sat there transfixed, watching the show. 

I put out peanuts for the scrub jays but the spotted towhees beat them to the mark this morning. These birds are a favorite in the garden for some reason. Very cute.

I like the jays too, loud and goofy. 

And my California thrasher buddy who likes to hop around and poke in the dirt for food with his long curved beak.

Leslie refilled the nijer and the finches are going crazy, there might be twenty of them hanging on the feeder at one time.

Honestly I like all the birds and am content to fall asleep in the chair after an afternoon watching their antics.

Except for one species. Hard to confess but I am not a dove lover.

Loud nasty creatures, bullies really. I don't know where they got this passive reputation but they are not very pleasant. Can be plain mean at times.

I know we all have our place in god's creation but I do wish they would find another place to hang out and stop crapping on my van.

These glorified pigeons are just hogs. I don't know if I really am a DINO like the guys call me in the morning but I am definitely more hawkish than dovish.

1 comment:

Jon Harwood said...

OK you flushed me out. Before giving all doves (this includes pigeons) consider the native species that live around here: Mourning Doves, Bandtail Pigeons, and Spotted Doves. They are your more dove like birds that have a niche here. The Eurasian Collared Doves are a naturalized introduced species and their behavior is more "pushy". The Collard Doves look just like the usual domesticated doves: the Ringneck or Barbary Dove from North Africa. The domesticated ringnecks follow the "dove of peace" script and I haven't seen them naturalized around here. Overall the Dove family is a very large family of birds with some 300+ species. The pigeon most folks refer to is a descendent of the now rare Rock Dove of Europe. Pigeons have been living with humans for a minimum of 6,000 years getting their start in the temples of the Middle East.