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I know that to many of you the Mourning Dove is as common as the dirt under your backyard bird feeders. But to me and my backyard, this bird is a newcomer.

The whistling sound that this bird makes as it flutters off is just amazing. I can’t imagine the sound of a dozen of them, it must be deafening!



  1. I love mourning doves no less because I am so familiar with them. They are sweet, beautiful birds, and amazing flyers. Seeing and hearing a number of them take flight at once is stunning, believe me. Not quite as startling as inadvertently walking up a covey of quail, but still…

  2. Hi, Kimberly,
    Have you had the Eurasian Collared Dove in your yard yet? It is larger than the Mourning Dove and has a ring around the back of its neck. (Sounds like it could use a good laundry pretreatment!)

    We have heard them make a melodious sound and also a sound like a cat hacking up a hairball.

    The Wegeners, Centralia

    • Hahaha! I was sipping coffee when I read “good laundry pretreatment.” Close call for the keyboard! 😀

      Yes, I spotted the Eurasian Collared Dove perched on a clothesline a month or two ago, but only once. It took me a good couple of hours to figure out what it was. I had wondered if perhaps one of the dog clubs (they hold field trials in my backyard) brought them with them for training purposes because they had been in my backyard camping just the week before. But if you are seeing them too, them I’d imagine that that isn’t the case (though I’ll ask the dog people when they are in town this weekend).

      I’m have “invasive species” on my mind right now, especially since the Scotch Broom is in full bloom, my (beloved) Starlings are hatching out (I think Starlings must be wonderful parents, they seem to work so hard!), and ’tis the season for milfoil and zebra mussel alerts. Oy!

      Is there anything I’m missing on that list?

      I’m so glad you stopped by my bird blog and took the time to write! I LOVE hearing about what everyone else is seeing in their backyard too.


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