A young mourning dove (Zenaida macroura) ‘eyes’ the electrical cord that J.R. Williams placed near the bird bath at (Pelican Island) Audubon House when he installed 2 handcrafted birdhouses: a wren house and a bluebird house. Seed-eaters, mourning doves usually feed on the ground. They are named for their mournful call.
This bird perched on the bird bath for hours that morning, and, when J.R. came the next morning to install a painted bunting feeder, the mourning dove was once again ‘posed’ on the bird bath.
As Murphy’s law would have it, the mourning dove was gone when J.R. was ready to photograph it.