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There are common birds here that are very usual to us but in the eyes of a visitor we can see that each and every one is in some way special. So as I take a few images of birds I saw yesterday I try to see them not as old and usual friends but as new and interesting creatures. So here are a few old friends and new arrivals. As a matter of fact the next few posts will be birds and more birds. This is a good time to see and photograph ducks and some wintering species so they are on tap for the next couple weeks. Not all of the birds will be old friends as we have had an influx of uncommon birds recently and I’ll post some of those as well. And lastly the pictures will tell the story in that they represent what is being seen – they may not be the best images possible, but they fit the sequence; enjoy.
The bird at the heading of this post is the widespread and ubiquitous Mourning Dove (MODO). Its cooing is often thought to be owl-like. They can be found throughout the USA and are considered a game bird in some locations. They will nest throughout the year depending on their latitude and will sometimes nest and renest and perhaps renest again. The nest is a casual accumulation of sticks that you can often look up at and see the eggs resting in what seems to be a dangerous position. Pigeons and doves drink an exceptional quantity of water each day compared to other birds This group can suction water up and into the throat – all other birds have to grab a beak-full of water and tilt the head back to allow the water to run down into the body. There are ten species of Dove, Pigeon, and Ground-Dove in the US; but here in the northeast we see only two; the Rock Pigeon (a feral bird pretty much world wide and often urban) and the slimmer, and also widespread, Mourning Dove.