|photo by Anne Greene|
Known for its plaintive five noted call, the Mourning dove is one of the most abundant birds in all of
North America. The plump, rosy gray and tan bird likes to walk solemnly under bird feeders and post up in trees and on telephone wires in small numbers. With a long pointed tail and telling wing whir, the Mourning dove is a fast and surprisingly agile flier. When the dove takes to the air it creates a distinctive noise with its wings, similar to the sound Curly made when poked in the eye by one of the other Stooges.
Found in all of the lower 48 states the Mourning dove has been exciting and deceiving people for years. “There’s an owl on the roof!” The truth is that the sad yet melodious series of “hoos” is a Mourning dove. In the spring male doves begin singing before dawn and carry on to dusk. The haunting song adds a dreaminess to a midday nap in June with the windows laid wide to the ocean. Learn and listen for the call of the Mourning dove and begin to hear the “non-owl”call, another sign that spring has arrived.