Mourning Doves

Mourning doves are commonly seen sitting in our pine trees or searching on the ground for sunflower seeds that have fallen from the feeders.  They often have favorite perches where they sit, and from which their distinctive coos can be heard.  However, they are easily startled, and take off like a shot.  Their initial flight produces a sharp whistling sound, followed by the gentle flutter of their soft wings.

Time, as he passes us, has a dove’s wing,
  Unsoil’d, and swift, and of a silken sound.
~William Cowper

 

A place to rest

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Mourning dove sitting on the limb of a pine tree.

“Peace.  It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work.  It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.”  ~Unknown