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He's seeing new birds? I didn't know you had that sort of a marriage.
What's that in the background? Looks like a prison wall.
"What's that in the background? Looks like a prison wall."The lens is telephotoing a lot there, bringing in the wall of a house that's actually pretty far back. I cropped the photo to make it look weird/interesting.
Looks like a mourning dove with her feathers all puffed up for warmth.wv: preiniu
@kimsch Meade says "That's what it looked like to me too, except it was bigger than that."
Another vote for Mourning Dove.They can fluff up pretty big when it's cold.
"I've seen bigger."Seriously!
What kind of tree is it in? If it's a pear tree then I'd have to go with a partridge.
I agree that it's a mourning dove, fluffed up against the cold.
The lens is telephotoing a lot there, bringing in the wall of a house that's actually pretty far back.Is that the one Joe Mcginniss is renting?
Dove was my first guess, although downtown or inner city pigeon might be right.
Maybe a juvenile hawk?
Or a blue grouse.
Brooklyn/MadisonThe thing that really tugs the heart in lifeIs not the view high wide and long,Rather a humble brick backyardA scrum of trees and one plump bird of song.
Good grief. That's just a plain old dove.
The distinction between a dove and a pigeon is somewhat artificial. The urban rat-bird is really a European Rock Dove.
The ostrich leaveth her eggs in the earth, and warmeth them in dust,And forgetteth that the foot may crush them, or that the wild beast may break them.She is hardened against her young ones, as though they were not hers: her labour is in vain without fear.
Mourning dove, no question.
The beak is the giveaway that it is a dove.
Could it be an escaped dove of some sort?
Mourning Dove. Trust me on this, I have shot thousands of them. They are delicious, by the way. Breast them, wrap in bacon, little olive oil and over the grill.
Whatever it is, I'll bet it tastes like chicken.
looks like a pidgeon to me..
Perhaps the Eurasian ring neck dove has made its way to Wisconsin. It is clearly of the dove family and has the coloring of one of these.
I think it is a Lonsome Dove.
But then most pigeons look like Robert Duvall.
I agree that the photo looks like a dove but if it was a dove, it was twice the size of any dove I've ever seen. I think it was a hawk.
I think it's a lost baby pelican.
Did you guys know that lesbian birds have short hair on top and long hair in back?
If you could get a bit closer, it could look like dinner.
Meade, its not a hawk, hawks don't have that type of beak nor do they sit that way. Hawks generally stand up tall. Looks like a mourning dove. Tough to ID due to the branch in front and it looks like the thing may have moved its head when you shot it.
Not a mourning dove... Those are gay in color. More likely a ring-neck dove.
Meade said...I agree that the photo looks like a dove but if it was a dove, it was twice the size of any dove I've ever seen.Which proves that Meade isn't the measure of all things. It's a dove.
I would say Turtle Dove, though way far north for this time of year. Generally a Eurasian bird, this one is probably an escape, and unlikely to survive the winter. Look for a somewhat blacker band at the back of the neck if you see it again.
Okay, okay, it was a Dove -- a rare two foot long Red-tailed Hawk Dove.
" . . . it was a Dove -- a rare two foot long Red-tailed Hawk Dove."Hmmm. And in Madison, that should put it on the Endangered Species list by Tuesday.Actually, it looks more like a rare two foot long Red-tailed Horned Frog to me. They can fly, you know.
Meade said...Okay, okay, it was a Dove -- a rare two foot long Red-tailed Hawk Dove=================Jeez, Meade! You're an outdoorsy type who has dragged Althouse out on more nature than she encountered before she met you and you're an expert on plants and fungus and knowing when to tell Anne not to eat stuff like wild swamp hemlock...But your bird expertise is not on that level!Ask for a Audubon Field Book, "Birds of N America" for next Christmas! The Audubon mushroom book is also outstanding!Red-tailed hawk, my ass!
Red-tailed hawk, my ass!HahahaObvious mourning dove.........
JR is correct. It has to be a Eurasian ring neck dove. They have been invading North America in recent years.Anyone who knows anything about mourning doves knows they are not found in Wisconsin in the winter. The only doves found in cold climates in the winter in NA are the rock dove (common pigeon) and the Eurasian ring neck dove. The Eurasian ring neck dove is also a least one and one-half times(perhaps 2X) the size of a morning dove.
Upon review of the internet, it's more properly call the Eurasian Collared Dove. There's lots of info out there in cyber-space about its invasion of North America.
Its a female pheasant.damn city folk
"Obvious mourning dove........."It's not that color.Plus, you're looking at a photograph and are lacking the sense of scale. Meade got very excited when he saw the thing fly by and land in the tree. There are mourning doves all the time and they don't provoke any reaction at all. I was here when he reacted to it. I'm sure it was quite large. You're seeing the photo where it came to rest in a tree. Yes, it's puffed up. But the original reaction was to a bird in flight. We don't have a photograph of that.
Anyone who knows anything about mourning doves knows they are not found in Wisconsin in the winter.You hear that you Mourning Doves hanging around my back yard in Eau Claire!! You're not actually here!
It's a Morning After Dove.
see here for a common pheasant hen pic:http://www.shutterstock.com/pic-3326326/stock-photo-ring-necked-pheasant-hen.html
It was a Sharp-shinned Hawk. I just saw another one and got a better look.
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