A pretty little very round brown-grey dove landed on the balcony railing in front of me a few minutes ago, and tried peering in before fluttering off. I saw no band, but it was mostly sitting on its feet, which might've been a bit feathered. Oh, I just realised it's - wait, two - three - four - are sitting in the madrona looking miserable. The coloration is very pretty. Well, at least I think so. It looks like a mourning dove, but I'm no expert and can't even say if those are around here. I've never seen one before, at any rate. Lots of ducks ( might be two kinds as one male type has white sidewalls and the other doesn't) are swimming on the lake so perhaps the snow caused migrating birds to pause along their route.
Update: Looked in a bird book and they are mourning doves, which live year-round here, except of course, in my particular situation I'm looking at a lake.
A flock of redwinged blackbirds just vaulted curiously into the madrona to inspect the doves, which weren't at all bothered.
posted by - 3:54 PM