Friday, November 21, 2008
Mourning Dove declines?
We're hearing from folks around NH that some of them think Mourning Dove numbers are down right now. We haven't seen any Mourning Doves at our feeders for quite a while. In winter MODOs (abbreviation for Mourning Dove) form flocks that drift about a given area as food sources change. These flocks may remain fairly stable in menbership through winter and even have a fixed social hierarchy. Are any of you seeing a drop in Mourning Dove numbers, or not?
Other birds being seen in NH are a Snowy Owl, a few lingering warblers, Northern Harriers and White-winged Crossbills. For the last few days we have had flocks of White-winged Crossbills fly over our house. Watch for them to show up in other areas of the country.
On the puppy front, we made it through 3 nights with her sleeping through the night without a sound. We're working on leash training, house-training, coming when called, and socialization by meeting lots of our friends. She and Phoebe played lots yesterday and wore one another out. A tired puppy is a happy puppy.