18 Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)

17 March

Quite possibly the silliest of all the doves and univerdsally known by birders hereabouts as “Dopes”. Note the very small head.

They have only two survival strategies – one is to be able to fly faster than most birds, the other is to lay and hatch really large numbers of youngsters each year – they typically only lay 2 eggs at a time but can do that up to six times in a season !! Not a vulnerable species at all – found all over the continent in pretty large numbers. In winter we have a heated watyer bath for the birds – quite often at dusk a good number of these will assemble aorund the rim of the basin, heads out and pooping in the water before departing for their overnight roosts.