LCC 148 (2)Lately male mourning doves have been calling from perches above Little Crum Creek.

LCC 149 (3)Soon each could be clasping beaks and bobbing heads with a potential mate.

LCC 150 (4)But a courtship for nesting all begins with a single gesture …

LCC 152 (3)gently proffered,

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tenderly received,

LCC 157 (2) and full of encouragement.

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The mild-mannered Mourning Dove visits for thistle seed and finds it spilt beneath the strung sock where Gold and House Finches feed.

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Finally, full or flushed, its whistling wings whinny in lift.

Listen now as a faint and soothing coo sounds, something like a languid owl’s hoot, gently from the trees.

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