Friday, January 4, 2013

A Tale of Feathers

Mourning doves are a common sight in the backyard for those of us with bird feeders.
They often perch on the deck railing as this one that's huddled in the cold.
But this morning when we opened the back door to let the dogs out, we were met with feathers all over the deck.
Obviously dove feathers, and something larger with wings, higher up the food chain had made a capture.  The hawks will sit in the tall trees behind our property and swoop in at the birds towards the house.  I watched once as one chased a dove into the alcove by the back door and then they're trapped and easy prey.  Such is life in the wild.
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22 comments:

janice15 said...

Awe sadly it seems as if someone left ... I had the same issue a few weeks ago. I made the mistake of hanging the birdseed feeder to low and a neighbors cat had a blast naughty kitty...Mom's house is surrounded with lovely doves...one year one nested in my Chayote vines...Happy Weekend with love Janice

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

it is just sickening - used to have aoooo many morning doves coo-coo-cooing for us, and slowly but surely we found days with feathers.

And now we hear no more cooing ever.

Weird how natural predators of the miracle of the way God created the food chain gets all wonky if one species lives while another is controlled - it isn't natural. But oh well.

That's sad and thank goodness you got that picture, seriously they are being eaten way too fast.

Sunray Gardens said...

I like the sweet little Doves. They are not pesty like some birds, just sweet and minding their own business.
Cher Sunray Gardens

Snap said...

Mother Nature can be cruel. I note that when the hawk comes to visit here (at least once a year) and if he is successful in his hunting (usually), the doves stay away for several days. Then they start to come back to visit ... slowly. The squirrels don't seem to disappear!

Vee said...

Oh I hope that you will hear the gentle cooing of the mourning dove again. Perhaps that pesky hawk will move on leaving your doves alone. Oh the drama that plays out just beyond our doors.

relevanttealeaf said...

Oh, how sad, but I guess that's nature's design.

Pamela Gordon said...

I don't like the thoughts of predators on smaller birds or critters at all. But that is nature and the way God designed it. They have to eat after all. We have a lot of doves here all year around and they enjoy the seed I throw on the ground for them. Have a lovely day.

podso said...

That's sad. I love mourning doves and their sound always takes me back to my grandmother's house. Your photos are just beautiful. hope you are all well by now.

Rosewalk Cottage said...

Your photos are just beautiful Judith! I love the way the blue background matches the colors in the dove's wing. The hawks and doves are both beautiful creatures and it's just mother nature.
~Clara

My Little Home and Garden said...

That's the way of the world, I suppose. I really like the first photo of the mourning dove; even the background is pretty, Judith, and highlights some of the colour in the feathers!
-Karen

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Sweet photos of the live birds. I am a collector of bird feathers. I began making a small 'bouquet' of them...sitting on my desk with my computer.

I do hope you'd consider adding your bird photo link to my weekend meme..."The Bird D'Pot"...

You'll find the link on my sidebar "I'd Rather B Birdin".

Have a super weekend.

Sylvia said...

Oh No, I love doves, I have them in the summer in my yard. I love to watch them and hear them coo..,I even had white doves in a large wire cage in my daughters wedding some years ago.

Pondside said...

That's life in the wild - hard to see though!
I just saw your post with the cheese scones, and not I am yearning for one!

eileeninmd said...

Love your cute Mourning Dove. It is nature and the Hawk is an amazing bird to see too. I just do not like them in my yard, I can see why you would be upset. I hope you are having a great weekend!

Nadia Ameri said...

I love doves. I rarely get them in my backyard. But I do always look out for them. Beautiful pictures!

Carolyn said...

Now that's a sad tale as I love mourning doves!

Carolyn

Leslie's Garden said...

Poor little thing! It may be the cycle, but it's still so sad! I love the little morning doves, but I get excited when I see a majestic hawk, too!

edenhills said...

Beautiful bird. It's such a shame, but I guess you can't blame a hawk for wanting breakfast too.

ladyfi said...

What a beautiful dove shot!

bailey-road.com said...

I love the Mourning Doves. Sometimes, though, they seem so clueless as to the danger from above.

Beth said...

Very cool mosaic! Nature can be very cruel at times.

Red Rose. said...

Hi,Judith.
Your photos are just beautiful and seeing those feathers on the snow makes me sad.
It is the way of the nature.
Tomoko

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