Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Let Us Now Praise Common Birds

Originally natives of south Texas, White-winged Doves have been extending their range northwards for the past couple of decades and they are now common residents of our area. It's a pretty unusual day when we don't see one or two in our yards, And we sometimes get 20 or 30 of them on and around our
feeders. They have become so common here that I tend to ignore them and many birders regard them as "trash birds".

However, whenever I stop and
really look at them, I realize that they are actually very beautiful birds. And then I remember how excited I was when I first saw one, while waiting for the Bolivar ferry in Galveston.

These two White-winged Doves were on the platform feeder in our front yard yesterday and I thought they deserved a blog entry.


Birdwoman said...

They are gorgeous birds. I especially love the eyes. Maybe I'll have some in my yard again one of these days...

sharon said...

Well done Jeff! We so often overlook the "common" birds and its nice when we remember how excited we were when we first saw them!

Jeff said...

I'm with you about the eyes, Birdwoman. They're just gorgeous.

I'm usually as guilty as anyone of overlooking common birds, Sharon. But occasionally I remember how beautiful even the most common birds are.