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Art Lander’s Outdoors: The Mourning Dove, both a game bird and favorite at backyard bird feeders

(This is the ninth article in an occasional series about Kentucky’s backyard birds.) The Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) is common and widely recognized across Kentucky, known for its speed on the wing, beautiful plumage and unique vocalization, a low mournful coo-ah, coo-ah, coo, coo, coo. Throughout the cold weather months, some local birds may band together with migrants. Small groups move...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Get an up-close look at wildlife by feeding – and counting – birds

Birds in the backyard: Everyone gets an up-close look at wildlife when you feed songbirds during the winter months.   Many of the songbird species attracted to backyard feeders are seed eaters, including the mourning dove, sparrow, goldfinch, cardinal, chickadee, junco, and the blue jay, a notorious bully.   Blue jay (Photo provided) But expect to see a few insect eaters, too, such as nuthatches,...