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 was considering that but the Mourning Dove was trying to mate with her, plus the very clear white tipped short tail really stood out.  But as I said, I didn't get a look at the flight feathers, and no, I didn't get a look at the bill.  She kept her back to me most of the time and it was in the shade.  Isn't that the way it always is?  I will try to get a picture of her.  If I am able, is there a website I can post it to?   Cathi Luytjes, St. Charles, MO, [log in to unmask]

"McNeill, Roger D [CC]" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:Cathi,

This would be a very good bird anywhere in the state. What color is the bill? Also take care to rule out imm. mourning doves, at this time of the year they will show very short tails and a very scaly plumage.



"McNeill, Roger D [CC]" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:Cathi,

This would be a very good bird anywhere in the state. What color is the bill? Also take care to rule out imm. mourning doves, at this time of the year they will show very short tails and a very scaly plumage.


Roger D. McNeill

KC MO


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Subject: Common Ground Dove


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I had what appeared to be a Common Ground Dove in my back yard. She was being courted by a Mourning Dove. I did not see her flight feathers as she spent the better part of the evening either running around on the ground because she was being chased by the Mourning Dove, or sitting on a branch. I never saw her fly, but she was smaller than the Mourning Dove with short tail feathers tipped in white. Are these usually found in this area? I thought they were from the deep south. Cathi Luytjes, St. Charles, MO, [log in to unmask]