~Birding in Texas, White-winged Dove

~South Llano River State River, Junction, TX, Spring, 2017

 

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White-winged Dove (adult) Note the dark cheek patch and blue around the eye

These beautiful doves are easy to photograph, they are slow moving and like to perch for extended periods of time. They were plentiful in South Llano River State park this past Spring. The males were beginning to show subtle breeding colors, brighter red feet and legs, and yellowish hues around the back of neck. We only get to see them while traveling south. They have a limited range in the US, mostly Texas.

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White-winged Dove

I was sitting in one of the blinds when a Texas farmer came in and sat down. He was very friendly and a good photographer. He commented on the large number of White-winged Doves we were seeing. He stated him and his wife have too many doves around their farm. I could tell by the way he spoke, they didn’t seem to care for these doves. I’am not sure if they caused them problems or they just didn’t like them. Maybe they ate too much bird seed!

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This from Wikipedia- “The white-winged dove is a dove whose native range extends from the south-western United States through Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean. In recent years with increasing urbanization and backyard feeding, it has expanded throughout Texas, into Oklahoma, Louisiana and coastal Mississippi. It has also been introduced to Florida.”

Happy Birding!

 

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6 thoughts on “~Birding in Texas, White-winged Dove”

  1. These are wonderful photographs, SHeila. You can really see the details. I love doves. I think they are my favorite bird. They visit our back yard often and the top of our fountain is a sculpture of two doves and I just love it!

    1. Hi Janell! Thank you very much. Doves are a beautiful species. They are so loving to each other and their babies. I bet your fountain is beautiful! Glad you enjoyed seeing these Doves! Have a wonderful, artsy day!! 🙂

  2. I suspect there are times when folks have too much of a good thing… doves included 😉 We tend to have some years I catch myself feeling that way. This year wasn’t one of them, however.
    Sheila, your collection of photos creates an interesting story.

    1. Hi Jane! I guess you are correct. My husband has an Amateur Ham Radio tower and antenna. The Eurasian Collared Doves love our yard, because I feed the birds. They also love sitting on the tower and antenna and of course “pooping”. I do get a little upset when I walk the yard and step in one of their droppings. 😉
      Thank you Jane for your thoughts and kind words. Glad you enjoy seeing the birds! Take care and have a wonderful day.

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