Red Deer River Naturalists

The Red Deer river Naturalists are a group dedicated to learning about and preserving natural history. They have regular programs with speakers and many field trips.


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Sunday, February 5, 2017


    This morning I shovelled snow just before noon. It was cold and with a bit of a breeze. Being Sunday morning , things were very quiet.

   When I'm out I always watch for birds. I like to see what's in the area and listen for any calls.

    This morning I heard a bird call as I was shovelling. I stopped to listen. I could identify the bird immediately. It was the collared dove. However, I couldn't see the bird. I kept shovelling, listening and watching. I find the collared dove sound hard to pinpoint. I know the general direction but it seems to come from different areas. Sometimes that's because there's more than one bird.

    I finished shovelling and still hadn't seen the bird. I wasn't going to go up the street looking for the bird.

    I hope the bird or birds found what they were looking for. They were probably looking for a suitable feeder.

   Collared doves are recent arrivals here. The first one I saw was three years ago. Many people have not seen them but I'll bet they've heard them. I was asked recently if collared doves were around this winter. Yes, they are. They are around my place every week or so.

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