Mourning dove (Zenaida macroura).
The last photos I had taken of mourning doves were on January 26. I’m pretty sure the doves were around after that. I just didn’t take photos of them. Guess I thought they would always be here.
But then they disappeared from the feeders for 2 to 3 weeks during the cold weather in February and the first part of March, as did most of the other feeder birds. I was quite concerned about them.
Birds of New Jersey explains that mourning doves are partial migrators, moving around to find food. Some migrate to southern states.
In a previous post, I mentioned that I had never heard their mournful song in New Jersey although I had heard it in other parts of the country. However, two days ago, while walking with Daisy in the park across the street, I heard a mourning dove!
Cooowaah, cooo, coo, coooo.
Perhaps I just haven’t been listening. I only heard one. I only heard it one time. But now I can say I have heard mourning doves in New Jersey. And I have seen many under the feeders.