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BP07 "A mourning dove in a tree" 

© Richard L. Bowman

mourning dove sitting in a tree

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The most docile and large regular visitors to the area below our bird feeders are Mourning Doves. I also find them often perched on the electrical wire that crosses our backyard. However, with my bad eyesight, I rarely find them roosting in the trees in our backyard. But this photo shows that I did at least once in the past four years. The Audubon Guide to North American Birds says, "[The mourning dove] does very well in man-altered habitats. Numbers probably have increased greatly with increasing settlement of North America."

And while this species seems to do well with other birds around (see photo below), I have seen them getting testy with other birds who might be trying to actively chase them.

mourning dove with a female cardinal and female house sparrow

Mourning Dove Centered between a Female Cardinal and a Female House Sparrow (1-Aug-17; © Richard L. Bowman)

So what do we imagine about the above photo? Does this Mourning Dove think that the branches that are cris-crossing in front hide their position from me? As a retired physics professor, I am wondering if the small branch right in front of the eye causes distortion so that the bird cannot see me and thus might think I cannot see it. Just a thought.

For more information on Mourning Doves, see the following:

Audubon Guide to North American Birds
All about Birds: Mourning Dove (Cornell U.)
Wikipedia: Mourning Dove

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BP02 "African Daisy close up"

© Richard L. Bowman

African Daisy 

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My first sighting of an African daisy was on the concrete deck outside of the Lezha Academic Center, Lezhë , Albania. The above photo was taken in March 2014. The unique combination of white petals with a bright blue center ringed in orange is awesome to me.

As mentioned by several sources, these blooms are composite flowers with the outer ring being ray florets with one petal on the outside. The center is composed of unopened disk florets surrounded by a ring of opened disk florets. One site with straightforward details about the parts of a Zinnia flower head is a blog for children by Roberta Gibson (2015). While they originated in South Africa and the Arabian peninsula as perennials, these flowers are now available as annual seeds of many colors in the US and other places (e.g. Park Seed).

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