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Spring Flowers and the Dove…Revealed

March 21, 2008

Over the next few months you will from time to time be seeing new pictures of the same plants flowering that were pictured last year. I hope you don’t mind.

Over the next two weeks some major changes will be taking place along the 19th Steet side of the property, as we clear out some unhealthy, unattractive trees and (sorry) wisteria (don’t worry, there will still be plenty to bloom) and plant a row of Italian Cypress trees along the fence line (inside the fence). We already have a row of Oak Leaf Hydrangeas planted between the fence and the sidewalk, that was “phase one” of the project.

Phase three of this project will be replacing the fence. A normal person might do that first, but …

In the meantime, this iris is blooming, and I was afraid it wouldn’t because we had to move some of them and disturb the rest of them when the deck was built last year.


One of the surest signs of Spring, which is officially here now, is the blooming of the Redbud tree. Last year I mentioned that this one was blooming for the first time, but now it is much bigger and has a wealth of blooms on it. but have you ever looked at the flowers real closely?

Another early bloomer but not as common is the Dwarf Flowering Almond. Here is a close up of the flower. If anyone wants one of these, they produce lots of blooming suckers which I assume can be dug up and transplanted.

And if anyone wants Aloe plants, I am dividing a huge one and will have plenty to give away. Might not be in pots, but they’re free.

Those doves that I was watching turn out to be Eurasian Collared Doves, not the Ringed Turtle Doves I was hoping for. Still, it’s kind of neat to have these different looking guys visiting (and I believe nesting) nearby. Here is one in flight.

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>Spring Flowers and the Dove…Revealed

March 21, 2008

>Over the next few months you will from time to time be seeing new pictures of the same plants flowering that were pictured last year. I hope you don’t mind.

Over the next two weeks some major changes will be taking place along the 19th Steet side of the property, as we clear out some unhealthy, unattractive trees and (sorry) wisteria (don’t worry, there will still be plenty to bloom) and plant a row of Italian Cypress trees along the fence line (inside the fence). We already have a row of Oak Leaf Hydrangeas planted between the fence and the sidewalk, that was “phase one” of the project.

Phase three of this project will be replacing the fence. A normal person might do that first, but …

In the meantime, this iris is blooming, and I was afraid it wouldn’t because we had to move some of them and disturb the rest of them when the deck was built last year.


One of the surest signs of Spring, which is officially here now, is the blooming of the Redbud tree. Last year I mentioned that this one was blooming for the first time, but now it is much bigger and has a wealth of blooms on it. but have you ever looked at the flowers real closely?

Another early bloomer but not as common is the Dwarf Flowering Almond. Here is a close up of the flower. If anyone wants one of these, they produce lots of blooming suckers which I assume can be dug up and transplanted.

And if anyone wants Aloe plants, I am dividing a huge one and will have plenty to give away. Might not be in pots, but they’re free.

Those doves that I was watching turn out to be Eurasian Collared Doves, not the Ringed Turtle Doves I was hoping for. Still, it’s kind of neat to have these different looking guys visiting (and I believe nesting) nearby. Here is one in flight.

Doves

March 14, 2008

First an update on the fire of yesterday. A neighbor told me that in addition to two humans that three dogs also perished in the blaze. Investigation is ongoing.

This may not excite too many people but I am wondering if Ringed Turtle Doves are visiting my backyard. I first became aware of this pair of birds last spring, and day after day I heard a dove sound that was not the familiar Mourning Dove “coo-ah, coo, coo, coo.”

Eventually I saw the two birds, a little larger than a Mourning Dove, lighter in color and with a distinct black collar on the back of the neck.

Reports tell me that the Ringed Turtle Dove has lost almost all of its fear of larger animals but these did not want to be photographed, and besides, it was before I had my “good” camera. From time to time, over a period of weeks, I saw or heard the pair.

Two days ago, I heard, and then saw them again. But (damn) the battery in my camera was dead.

I have read that they cannot survive without human handouts, so I will continue to feed the birds with dove attracting food and really to hope to get a picture.

This site says “The species is not on the Alabama Bird List for this reason and any reports of Ringed Turtle-Doves would have to be substantiated by an ornithologist or recognized competent field observer to be accepted by the Alabama Bird Records Committee.”

The other possibility is the Eurasian Collared Dove, similar in appearance, but with a three syllable “coo COOO coo” instead of the two syllable “coo croo” of the Ringed cousin. Four of these guys were reported in Bessemer by one observer (not by me) during the recent Backyard Bird Count. I’m hoping for the Ringed Turtle Dove.

Really all I need to do is listen more carefully, I guess. And get a picture. The camera is charged.

>Doves

March 14, 2008

>First an update on the fire of yesterday. A neighbor told me that in addition to two humans that three dogs also perished in the blaze. Investigation is ongoing.

This may not excite too many people but I am wondering if Ringed Turtle Doves are visiting my backyard. I first became aware of this pair of birds last spring, and day after day I heard a dove sound that was not the familiar Mourning Dove “coo-ah, coo, coo, coo.”

Eventually I saw the two birds, a little larger than a Mourning Dove, lighter in color and with a distinct black collar on the back of the neck.

Reports tell me that the Ringed Turtle Dove has lost almost all of its fear of larger animals but these did not want to be photographed, and besides, it was before I had my “good” camera. From time to time, over a period of weeks, I saw or heard the pair.

Two days ago, I heard, and then saw them again. But (damn) the battery in my camera was dead.

I have read that they cannot survive without human handouts, so I will continue to feed the birds with dove attracting food and really to hope to get a picture.

This site says “The species is not on the Alabama Bird List for this reason and any reports of Ringed Turtle-Doves would have to be substantiated by an ornithologist or recognized competent field observer to be accepted by the Alabama Bird Records Committee.”

The other possibility is the Eurasian Collared Dove, similar in appearance, but with a three syllable “coo COOO coo” instead of the two syllable “coo croo” of the Ringed cousin. Four of these guys were reported in Bessemer by one observer (not by me) during the recent Backyard Bird Count. I’m hoping for the Ringed Turtle Dove.

Really all I need to do is listen more carefully, I guess. And get a picture. The camera is charged.