Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Dove on a Fence, January 4, 2017

ABC Wednesday, Wild Bird Wednesday, and Good Fences

Z is for Zenaida - a genus of American pigeons
Tupelo, Mississippi, USA, November 30, 2016

Mourning Doves, Zenaida macroura, are the most frequently hunted game birds in North America. Despite the seasonal hunting, the number of Mourning Doves in the United States is estimated to be 350 million (see source below). Their name comes from their low mournful calls: coo, coo, coo





Look for them near fields, perched on electric power lines or fences. To attract them to your backyard feeders provide seeds on the ground or on a platform feeder. Dense shrubs or evergreen trees will provide nesting places for them.

Source: All About Birds

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19 comments:

  1. Lovely capture of the lone pigeon on a fence.

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  2. Heelo Lea. It's good that the Mourning Dove is doing well but I do wonder why anyone finds pleasure in hunting a wild dove with no food value? Also, remember what happened to the Passenger Pigeon.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Passenger_pigeon

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    1. People who like the taste of wild game eat Mourning Doves. Legal restrictions are in force as to when (in the Autumn) and how many birds are killed. Hopefully we have learned our lesson about hunting to extinction. Thanks for visiting my blog. Have a great day!
      Lea

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  3. Nice looking dove / pigeon.

    Mr. Hudson is my cats name - he is sat next to me as I type!

    Cheers and (a slightly belated) Happy New Year - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  4. Seems like shooters will have a go at just about anything, so sad, but at least their numbers seem to be quite healthy. We don't want to see another Passenger Pigeon event ever.

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    1. In the rural area where I live hunters eat what they kill - dove, turkey, squirrel, deer.
      We have laws now to protect animals from being killed in large numbers that we did not have to protect the Passenger Pigeons 100-150 years ago. The Passenger Pigeon extinction is a sad chapter in our history, hopefully one that we have learned from.
      Thank you for your visit and comment on my blog

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  5. Hello Lea, the doves are so sweet. I do not like hunting, especially just for the sport of it. Have a happy day and week ahead!

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    1. I was totally against hunting of any kind until the deer began coming right up to my back door and eating my flowers! We do not shoot them, but I am not upset now when other folks do.
      However, when I was a kid we were very poor. We were thankful when hunting season began - squirrel and dumplings kept us fed through the winter.
      Have a great week!
      Lea

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  6. Nice to see it succeeded in the end!
    Lovely bird and beautiful photo's Lea.

    ave a nice ABC-Wednesday / _ Week
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  7. I read that the annual weight of all the Mourning Doves bagged by hunters far exceeds that of any other game animal, so their population is sustainable.

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  8. What a precious, little thing!

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  9. Such a pretty bird. I like that last shot of it sitting on the fence.

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  10. Oh love the little bird on the fence ~ great nature shots~ thanks,

    Wishing you a Happy and Healthy New Year ~ ^_^

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  11. Nice knowing about this bird and game played on it! Nice farm fence

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  12. birds like fences a lot :) Nice shots.

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  13. thx for joining my Fences. See you next week

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