Surprising Dove

I’d only seen the Mourning Dove on a wire running along the North Basin, never in the dry interior of the park. But here it was, on the lee side of the western ridge. Reading about this bird when I got home, I was surprised to learn that its historic numbers actually increased with the settlement of the country by Europeans, and that it’s the most prolific breeder of any native bird, capable of six broods a year.

Mourning Dove ( Zenaida macroura )

Links: Wikipedia Cornell Audubon

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