Good Morning, Mourning Dove

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) close to the somewhat safe feeding area inside our fenced vegetable garden.
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) close to the somewhat safe feeding area inside our fenced vegetable garden.

Over the past several weeks we’ve been graced with at least one Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) visiting our feeders here in Courtenay. Although not a rare winter bird on Vancouver Island, it is a bird that is not usually seen regularly in the winter. However, every Christmas Bird Count (CBC) in December seems to turn up at least one Mourning Dove – this might be the one that makes the Comox Valley CBC list.

There were originally two doves, but for at least two weeks now there has only been one. Odds are that the one of the eight (? – we’ve lost count of the actual number) cats owned by our neighbours as picked off one of the pair. I’ve had to physically deter two different cats from taking out this last dove. Unfortunately, predation is just one of the cat issues that we have with our domesticated animal loving neighbours.

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) on its very safe perch of our roof top.
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) on its very safe perch of our roof top.

At the very least Jocie is hoping to add this regular visitor to the Comox Valley Christmas Bird Count list on December 20th since our house is in her count area. Ideally, I’d rather not do any more mourning of my own and continue to enjoy seeing this remaining Mourning Dove for the rest of the winter.

7 comments

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  2. We have a male mourning dove across the street- it has been coming for 3 years now and stays most of the year. There was a pair but we’re not sure if the female is still here.

  3. We have a pair across the street in Saanich BC and they’ve been returning for three years now.

  4. They seem to be well established in most city/town areas on Vancouver Island. I’ve got several visiting the neighbour’s feeder regularly here in Courtenay.

  5. Our sighting in Saanich are the first I have ever seen in greater Victoria, and my in-laws who have lived here since the 1920’s and ’50’s respectively have never seen them here before either. If they have been in the region before then I think not in very great numbers. Now to keep my cat away from them, as they seem to like foraging on the back lawn sometimes, sigh.

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