Monday, April 25, 2011

Collared Doves

We have a pair of Collared Doves nesting in the big Blue Spruce tree in our back yard. While we had seen them around other years, this is the first season we are sure this is home base.  The mate can be seen sitting on the clothes line which appears to be directly above the right Finch feeder. We don't have any Finch nesting here but have 12-15 that stop by regularly. We also have a pair of Cardinals that nest in the Spruce tree with the Doves. They too spend a lot of time in the back yard. The tree that can be seen on the picture is a Concolor Fir which is a beautiful tree but not as compact as the Spruce. The Fir needles  are soft to the touch whereas the Spruce needles are much sharper. They cam be distinguished in the forest by remembering  "Friendly Fir vs Sprickly Spruce".

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