Archive for December, 2018

Mourning Dove 12/2/18

Mourning Doves—also known as Rain Doves or Carolina Turtle Doves—are abundant and year-round residents across the continental US. They are the closest living relative to the now-extinct Passenger Pigeon, and are in fact one of our most prolific birds, the US population alone being estimated at over 350 million. Like their exterminated cousins they are a popular game bird, indeed the most hunted of all game birds. Roughly 50 million of them are taken every year.