"The Dueling Doves"

Mourning Dove - Eurasian Collared-Dove

        Whatever you have to do to arrange for times outdoors . . . do it! From early morning until late afternoon, and even toward evening . . . do it! There are bird calls you don’t want to miss. I call them ‘dueling dove songs’. The song of the Mourning Dove is Oowoo-woo-woo-woo, Oowoo-woo-woo-woo, and the song of the Eurasian two dovesCollared-Dove is Cooo-coo-coo, Cooo-coo-coo. Listen for them, because it’s Springtime in Southern Utah, and it’s crazy outdoors. Today these two Dove species are competing for food supply, roosting trees, nesting spots, safe areas away from predators, and their survival. Pinevalley Mountain and Utah Hill are still being dusted with snow, and yet, members of these Dove families are ready to raise their young. Both Dove songs ring out in a soft symphony the whole day, and makes being outdoors a pleasure . . . even working outdoors a pleasure!

        Mourning Dove has been in my vocabulary from day one, while Eurasian Collard-Dove was added only nine years ago. Mourning Dove numbers are stable. They can be seen sitting on wires, in trees, and flying swift like an arrow most any day. This Dove was living in southern Utah when the first pioneers’ wagons arrived and has always been a part of the area. The Eurasian Collared-Dove, the new comer from the old world, continues to expand its range throughout Utah and all of the United States. This Dove is larger. It is a lighter color, and has a definite black ring mark at the neck. When it flies the tail is not long and pointed like the Mourning Dove but a bit flared and is more like the domestic Pigeon. Sometimes you will hear a ‘grrrrrr-rrr’ as the Collared-Dove flies overhead. Enjoy Spring! Go outdoors and enjoy Nature’s own music, compliments of our two Dove families.

        Red Cliff Audubon meetings are held the 2nd Wednesday of each month, 7:00 p.m. at the Tonaquint Nature Center. If you like birds, you’ll love our General Meetings. Check out our monthly Field Trip schedule and enjoy bird watching with good friends. Public is welcome. For more information, call  435 673-0996.  Marilyn Davis is the artist of the Doves.


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