I did not feed the birds last winter because every time I put out food there would be a huge flock of starlings come and just inhaled the food I put out.
I decided it was more fun to watch them than to watch nothing.
Yesterday I saw something fly past the front room window to land in the front yard...I jumped up and ran to see and it was one of these Eurasion Collared Doves. Or I thought it was...but it flew so quickly I was not sure.
Today they came back...they are definitely bigger than our Mourning Doves. I don't know if all act like these did, but they hardly paused to even eat. It was hard to get a decent pic of them. There was a third one...but there seemed to be bickering going on between it and these other.
We came home one day last week, and saw this guy/gal fly up into the neighbors tree. I hurried out the back door of the garage with my trusty P&S camera in my hand and zoomed in...the above is the second shot I took.
Then above is the next shot and below is a cropped portion.
I have no idea what happened with his feathers...they are that way in all three shots. I am not sure of the ID, but would appreciate it if you know, and why you think it is that. It is in the neighborhood...sometimes I see it fairly often then might go a month that I don't see it any where.
My question is do they ever accidentally bump into each other with those big horns, or are they just aware of their size they way we are of our bodies? I forget who told me that these cattle are generally real easy going and gentle.
I always wonder how birds always know just when to take off. Do they all hear or see the same thing that makes them take flight? I assume it must be that and maybe partly reacting to others taking flight.
Many moons ago when I worked at the apple orchard, there was a cat there that looked very much like this one. The white ruff around her neck was more pronounced than this cat. Maybe because she was a shinier black. My boss called her Powdery Mildew...
There was a tree about 10-15 foot from the house. It was not an apple tree, but can't remember for sure what kind it was It was way taller than the house, and probably at least a foot in diameter. Up about 12 ft. the tree had a hallowed spot...I think from a limb being cut off now that I think about it. Well, that is where Powdery Mildew had her kittens.