Photo Dump #4: Dreary Days (March 23rd and 24th, 2021)

Large Mourning Dove

Photos taken on March 23rd and 24th of 2021. All photos lightly edited for color or cropped. You have my permission to use my photos for personal use, but if you intend to use them in any way commercially or for your blog, please ask. I’m sure we can work something out.

Two dreary days in a row here in Wichita. It rained heavily on the 22nd while I was at work, so it’s been muddy and damp. You’ll notice the new feeder pole is still leaning. I’m going to correct that when it’s drier out, which should be next week.

I’ve added one never-before-seen species to the ongoing feeder: The Eurasian Collared Dove. This dove is actually not in the field guide I normally use to identify birds, so it took a bit to figure out what species it is. There is also an enormous Mourning Dove. As in, the fattest Mourning Dove I have ever seen. I’m not sure it is a Mourning Dove it is so big, but its plumage matches up. There aren’t any pictures that show Fatso next to other Mourning Doves to compare, but he is in two different pictures perched in trees.

Fatso does appear to be somewhat more orange than the other Mourning Doves, which makes me question if he is a Mourning Dove at all. I’m going to ask around and see what people think, but Fatso has truly earned his name.

This album is also the first time I’ve photographed a Red-winged Blackbird. The photo isn’t great, but I still wanted to document the new visitor. This isn’t the first I’ve seen these birds at my feeders, but it is the first time I’ve gotten a picture.

The Mallards continue to visit, as do the new Northern Cardinal visitors. Finches of several varieties are also in no short supply. On the plus side, the starlings haven’t been much of an issue this week. The grackles did come visit, but weren’t too bad. I’m only putting out the higher-quality “treat” food when I’m home, so I think having only foods that the starlings dislike for most of the week is helping.

A cat also decided to check out my feeder. I have no idea whose cat that is.

Species represented:

  • American Goldfinch
  • Black-capped Chickadee
  • Eastern Bluebird
  • Eurasian Collared Dove
  • House Cat
  • House Finch
  • House Sparrow
  • Mallard
  • Mourning Dove
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Red-winged Blackbird

Please let me know what you think of the photos in the comments!

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