Photo by BarrytheBirder
Anyone familiar with Mourning Doves will notice that the dove pictured above has no tail feathers. That's because its tail feathers are scattered beneath one of the backyard feeders, after a 'close encounter of the Sharp-shinned kind'. Or maybe it was a Cooper's Hawk that almost got this very lucky dove. Whether it was Cooper's Hawk or a large Sharp-shinned Hawk (both kinds are around and about the backyard feeders) the dove was extremely lucky, as the hawks almost never miss such easy pickings. The tail feathers were scattered on the ground below the feeders and the dove has rejoined its mates and is tempting the fates once more.
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