Ever since we moved to this house almost three years ago, we have had a pair of what we thought were Mourning Doves hanging around the area. They would usually perch on the power wires behind the house and occasionally venture down to snack on the bird seed that had fallen beneath the bird feeders. Lately they have been paying more visits to the bird
feeding bench on the front porch , so I've been able to get a
closer look at them. After checking my bird book, I found that they're
not Mourning Doves at all, but Eurasian Collared Doves. We usually see
them in a pair, but often just one will visit the bird feeder and is
very skittish and flies away at the slightest movement. This morning
both of them paid me a visit, and one of them had quite a nice breakfast
before flying off.