Although not bright and colorful like many other avian species the Mourning Dove's soft earth tone colors gives it a special beauty all of its own. The doves becomes quite vocal at this time of year when their soft cooing is heard frequently during the predawn hours, a beautiful sound to greet the day.
I was listening to a radio talk show recently when a lady called in wondering how to discourage doves from visiting her bird feeders. The host recommended keeping the scattered seed cleaned up under the feeders as the dove prefers ground feeding to perching on feeders. He also recommended a type of feeder that excludes large birds but allows smaller birds to get to the feed. As the caller's conversation came to an end she noted that dove can really become a problem.
It made me pause to wonder. Why is she feeding birds? Feeding wildlife is a choice and if the choice made is to feed then we should be willing to accept the critters that we attract.