Friday, April 25, 2014

Doves Sorting Themselves Out

In my view, the most successful breeders last summer were the Mourning Doves.  The ones around here generated a veritable bumper crop of these slow-moving characters.  I was easily seeing seven or more of them over the fall and winter.  But I think Nature has taken its course, either in the form of birds driven into their own territories or predators nailing one or more.  I see fewer doves at the feeders: either one or two pairs depending on how extensively the birds have arranged "north" and "south" territories. They're still doing a number on the safflower seed stock, but I don't feel smothered by doves either.  Will they produce another big next generation?  We shall see.

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