Nature Walk: Mourning Doves
Mourning Doves are considered Iowa’s most widespread and abundant game bird and are hunted as they migrate south each fall. Many birds, Mourning Doves included, overwinter in northern states and in mid-to late winter tend to congregate in increasingly larger numbers at song bird feeding stations. They also forage on waste grain, weed and grass seeds in fields. Note the sky-blue eye ring, a distinctive physical marker.
Where have you seen Mourning Doves gathering in the winter?
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