This Mourning Dove is Widowed
There usually is a pair of mourning doves who inhabit our environment. (This shot from early 2019 is of the female, as she watches her mate search for seeds on the deck, below)
The other morning, when I took the dogs out individually for a walk, they each veered to the left to check out ‘something’ that was there (but hidden from my sight). I noted their reactions and walked on.
Then, yesterday morning, while walking BeBe, I saw a lonesome mourning dove on the hydro line that spans the road in front of our house. That’s funny, I thought, where’s her mate? And then let it go.
Later, I went to cut the grass in the back garden, and just at the side gate, I saw a flurry of feathers scattered there. Oh-ho, says I, that’s what happened to him. He’s obviously been taken out of circulation by a hawk. (It wasn’t the first time that’s happened, and it won’t be the last.)
But now the mystery has been solved.