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.