Common Question I Hear About Doves: March 2, 2022

When we find a dove during our walks and I identify it, I am occasionally asked “Why do they call it a Morning Dove? Is it usually seen in the morning?”

In fact, these lovely birds are called Mourning Doves because of their mournful cooing. In this video, the coo starts around 0.15 seconds.

We saw and heard several Mourning Doves this morning.

Mourning Dove
Mourning Dove
Mourning Dove
Mourning Dove

Other birds at Lambton Woods:

Canada Geese
Common Mergansers
Mallards
Common Mergansers
Mallards
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Blue Jay
Common Mergansers
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Common Merganser (male)
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Herring Gull
American Robin
Herring Gull
Red-winged Blackbird (male)
Common Goldeneye (male)
Red-winged Blackbird (male)
Common Goldeneye (female)
Canada Goose
Canada Goose

I went to Lambton early to get some photos of Skunk-cabbage:

Skunk-cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus)
Skunk-cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus)
Skunk-cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus)
Skunk-cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus)

Today’s group:

MAILBOX

Hummingbird nest at car port and other photos from Mexico.😮

NATURE POETRY

Handle a book as a bee does a flower,
extract its sweetness but do not damage it.   – John Muir (1838–1914)

Miles Hearn

2 thoughts on “Common Question I Hear About Doves: March 2, 2022

  1. Brian W.

    Besides the cooing from the mourning dove, the video also catches the sound made by the wings as it flies away. I always assumed the bird was speaking that squeaky noise as it takes off but it is the whistle of the air through the wings. Quite unusual.

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  2. ANNE E MARRIOTT

    The Latin name for mourning dove is Zenaida macroura–after the Egyptian princess you mentioned, Miles.

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