D is for Doves - stocky, short-legged birds with short necks and small heads.
|Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, January 15, 2016|
Mourning Doves, Zenaida macroura, are common all across the United States. Their name comes from their call, a low mournful coo, coo, coo. In some states Mourning Doves are protected as song birds. In other states (Mississippi included) they are considered to be game birds, and there are regulated hunting seasons.
|Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, December 19, 2015|
In the Winter, Mourning Doves come to our feeders for black-oil sunflower seeds that we scatter on the ground, but they are very wary. The slightest sound startles them into flight. I made this photo through my dining room window. Obviously, I need to wash my windows if I want to get better pictures!
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