Well, well…speaking of doves; guess what I spied in the grass this morning?
Yup, another White-winged Dove…the bird in the back with the white edges along the curve of its folded wing. Okay, very fast shot and through the window and some 60' away, to boot; but you can see it's what it is. Sweet!
This dove, like the one before, seems to hang with the Eurasian Collared Doves...which is, of course, why I suppose it's lonesome!
Also saw another Indigo Bunting today…but the several dozen cow-birds which showed up scared it off. Lordy, I do NOT like those cow-birds. To tell the truth, I'm thinking the bird was a hybrid...an Indigo/Lazuli cross. The intense blue bird had white wing-bars but it lacked the rufus breast-band but it had a white belly. I understand these two inter-breed where they overlap territories. Still...a stunning bird.
Monthly list of birds seen in my yard the month of May, 2009:
White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Cooper's Hawk, Baltimore Oriole, Indigo Bunting, Western Tanager, Great-tailed Grackle, Lesser Goldfinch (black-backed), Bullock's Oriole, Hairy Woodpecker, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Black-headed Grosbeak, Lazuli Bunting, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, Common Grackle, Turkey Vulture, Evening Grosbeak, American Robin, American Crow, Red-winged Blackbird, Blue Jay, Common Raven, European Starling, Northern Flicker - Red-shafted, Downy Woodpecker, Black-headed Chickadee, Black-billed Magpie, House Sparrow, American Goldfinch, Pine Siskin, House Finch - red, yellow and orange variants, Eurasian Collared-Dove