Who cooks for you?

2007 February 25
by David J. Ringer

DUNCANVILLE, TEXAS — This morning, something happened to me that’s never happened before. I awoke to the call of a White-winged Dove.

I’d been expecting the doves to show up eventually; I’d seen them only a few blocks away from my apartment. And after the initial wake-up call this morning, I saw them several times throughout the day, and often heard their calls.

For years, I’ve thought that white-wings say, “Who cooks for you?” I know that’s what Barred Owls are supposed to say, but the rhythm of certain white-winged calls is nearly identical.

Mourning Doves, Great-tailed Grackles, starlings, cardinals, House Finches, and mockingbirds all sang in the sunshine too. Spring is coming!

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2 Responses
  1. March 2, 2007

    Yes it is! Keep an eye on that radar!

    Cool Blog.


  2. March 6, 2007

    I long for that time yet – early mornings and the spring birds singing. It has started a little in Sweden with the early Coal Tit, but apart from that… still quiet.

    I spent the weekend in Bavaria, Germany where spring is gaining serious momentum and the Blackbird, the Mistle Thrush and a few others were already going at it.

    This week I’m in Oslo on business and I think I’ve heard the Blackbird and maybe even a Winter Wren through a half open meeting room window. Oslo is slightly milder than Stockholm, so maybe it’s slightly ahead in seasons.

    Cheers from a hotel room in Oslo!/Anders

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