Ornathological Species of Identical Plumage Tend to Congregate in Closer Proximity
Early this morning, the wonderful sound of the cooing of about a half dozen of Morning Doves filed my back patio. Wanting to capture at least one I proceeded to get my camera. Typically through the Spring and early summer, I see pairs of Morning Doves, checking out my back patio area looking for nesting places. I have observed many for the mating ritual and the eventual adding to the numbers of these wonderful birds.
I had to wonder if at least a couple of these might have been raised right here. As they all started to flit away, this one stayed and allowed me to take his ( her) photo. This bird was not frightened by my camera and I perhaps already had a photo of him ( her ) as a new chick.
Each Spring I allow one couple ( the Morning Doves mate for life) to come to a pre-prepared nest which I build in the same manner they do. I start with a hanging basket and collect materials to feather that nest. They seem to like what I do ( or perhaps they are not that fussy).
This past year, this mom had 2 chicks but one was stolen by a flock of crows that chased her from her nest and left but one egg to hatch. These birds are not aggressive as some other varieties are and are easily scared off by larger birds, which also come calling with regularity.
The title of this post is something I learned from Peter Daniels, an Australian real estate motivational speaker and trainer. He was discussing how real estate professionals tend to hang out with their own kind. The high producers like to be around other high producers , etc. When he said that phrase, I committed it to memory knowing one day it would be useful. And today is that day. "Ornithological Species of Identical plumage tend to congregate in closer proximity". "Birds of a feather stick together".