Monday, May 24, 2010

'Turtle Dove in a Pear Tree"

Look what I found in my planter this morning, a morning dove nesting in a pot of my colored daisies! When I saw this, I couldn't help to remember the song 'Twelve Days of Christmas.' The twelve days of Christmas were a time of feasting and the dove and partridge were both game birds and would have been a popular main course at one of the feasts. In fact, the first seven stanzas of the song involve different types of birds that would have been served during the feasts. From my experience, our morning doves are rather discriminate and do nest almost anywhere. In the western part of Arizona, they are hunted as a popular game bird.

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