|Mourning Dove. Batiquitos Lagoon, Carlsbad, California. June 1, 2014. Greg Gillson.|
Over 40 years later I'm still keeping track of the birds.
Mourning Dove is actually one of the few species I remember seeing (and hearing) as a child in Minnesota--before I really started watching birds in earnest. Others were Northern Cardinal, Eastern Bluebird, Baltimore Oriole, Tufted Titmouse, Common Grackle, Ruby-throated Hummingbird.
Apart from the incessantly (24/7) singing Northern Mockingbirds, it is one of the first birds of the morning that awake me each day here in southern California. Their song may sound mournful to some, a boo-hoo-hoo crying, but I actually find it more comforting than sad. After all, they've been singing to me my entire life.