Two Turtle Doves and Tracks

Also called Mourning Doves or Rain Doves, these birds used to be known as Carolina Turtle Doves or Carolina Pigeons.  The most hunted species in North America, with up to 70 million killed each year for food or sport , they are especially vulnerable to predators because they are ground feeders; wildflower and weed seeds or grains, as well as insects and slugs are a part of their diet.  They especially like white millet and cracked corn.  These birds mate for life and nest almost anywhere except dense forests.  They especially like pines trees.  They average five or  six broods (usually two eggs) a year, even more in warmer climates like ours.  Both parents take turns sitting on the nest.  Their young are called squabs.

The name of the mourning dove comes from its melancholic call.

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Sunrise in Nash County, NC turns the tracks gold.

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Neither a wise man nor a brave man lies down on the tracks of history to wait for the train of the future to run over him. 

– – Dwight D. Eisenhower


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