Our extremely wet winter in the Piedmont region of North Carolina (NC) continues with rain days tomorrow and the day after tomorrow, but then we have a forecast of a whole week of sunny days! Daffodils and lenten rose are blooming, crocuses are coming up and beautiful little speedwell flowers (Veronica persica) are emerging. Spring is on its way!
While one of our common birds, the gently cooing mourning doves (Zenaida macroura), are a little unusual in that they can mate at any time during the year, they mostly prefer to start their nesting period in the spring. And one pair in my yard were so kind as to allow me to watch them canoodling on a feeder pole this week. As many of these doves mate for life, perhaps they had lost any feelings of shyness. 🥰
They first alighted together and looked around (perhaps scanning for the sharp-shinned and Cooper’s hawks that hunt around here). With the coast clear, they faced one another with an open-eyed look.
And then their tryst began – I got to watch a romantic scene without having to turn on the TV! Mutual grooming and neck preening ensued, as did quiet moments of quiet repose. They even engaged in billing — the male opening his beak and the female inserting her beak into his — a signal she is interested.
Life is the flower for which love is the honey. — Victor Hugo
Everything I do, I do it for you. — Bryan Adams
True love stories never have endings. — Richard Bach
There’s nothing that I wouldn’t do to make you feel my love. — Bob Dylan
Love was made for me and you. — Nat King Cole
In all the world, there is no love for you like mine. — Maya Angelou
All you need is love — The Beatles
Well, that and a bit of peace and quiet. When they finally descended to the ground and the male began his mating dance, another dove flew in and Ms Dove decided she didn’t want to deal with more than one suitor. The session ended.
But there will be another day! 😃 🍀
Sweet captures დ
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Thank you, Cindy!
I have not seen mourning doves romancing and have always wanted to, and now with your sweet post, I have! That must be where the expression, “billing and cooing” originated. I hope your doves have a successful nesting. Do they nest in your yard?
Oh, I’m glad that the photos showed you something you’ve wanted to see, Lucretia. I imagine that they nest nearby but I have not seen a nest yet. However, their nests are so flimsy, I realize I might not recognize one!