Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Tuesday's Truths Week Five: Mourning Doves Sunbathe to Optimize Feathers



Yesterday a lone mourning dove came to my urban (NYC) rooftop garden to sunbathe, and, it wasn't an attempt to work on her suntan!
Sunbathing is an option mourning doves use to maintain their feather quality to keep them in top shape for flying. According to WBU in Michigan, "In late summer doves are growing new outer feathers... the heat of the sun might help make it easier for doves to shape their new feathers. And along with easing discomfort associated with molting, the sun may also help dislodge parasites so the bird can preen them off more easily."

The mourning doves that visit my garden have a number of impressive habits, and Cam, the cardinal who visited my garden and wrote a book about her experiences here, shares many interesting facts about this bird type in her story. Her book is called Words In Our Beak Volume One, and is available in Apple's iBooks Store.


Her book as received rave reviews in both of those venues as well as in Goodreads. Cam and I have been working on a sequel to her book but we have paused our efforts in order to allow me to convert volume one into a format for Small Editions to publish both soft and hard cover versions. If you'd like to receive updates on this venture, please sign up on my Mail Chimp list.

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