This whole week, I'm going to be posting birds from a single trip to a single park, Estero Llano Grande in Weslaco, Texas. I'm extremely grateful to live so close to one of the greatest state parks in the country and one of the best hotspots I could imagine. In addition, I'm thankful for the wonderful folks who work and volunteer there including Huck, John, Kyle, Mary and all the desk workers who swipe my pass. You guys make my Saturdays amazing.
Today's bird is the Common Ground Dove. They live all over the deep, deep south, including the lovely Weslaco, Texas. They're a bunch smaller than a Rock Pigeon or a White-Wing Dove and they spend mot of their time on the ground (duh) foraging for seeds to eat. I don't see them every time I'm out, but when I do, I'm always struck by their beautiful color.
This picture is from Saturday's bird walk--November 17, 2012.