Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
Mourning Doves are sometimes known as Turtle Doves...and we all know (don't we?) about the second day of Christmas when "my true love gave to me two Turtle Doves and...."
Sitting on a mossy branch
It's hard to believe that these birds who forage - seemingly lazily - under winter bird feeders can actually fly up to 88 kph (55 mph)!
Foraging for seeds
I guess they need to be fast as apparently Mourning Doves are the U.S.'s leading game bird. I have never eaten dove or squab (young doves). Have you?
I am connecting to Stewart M's Wild Bird Wednesday HERE