"I used to call them morning doves,
those birds with breasts the rosy color of dawn,
who coo us awake..."
Mourning Dove - Zenaida macroura
Common and widespread in many suburban and agricultural habitats. Usually in small groups. Forages mainly on the ground for seeds. Our most slender dove...
Song: A mournful hooting ooAAH coo coo coo; often mistaken for an owl. Sometimes also a strong single 'pooooooo'.
(from The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Western North America, 2003)
But when the book said Mourning Dove instead,
I noticed their gray ash feathers,
like shadows on the underside of love.
( Linda Pastan)Each morning, our back yard is full of mourning doves. It is hard to mourn at the break of the day.
Their shadows are like the underside of love...