During the weekend I was exploring our new neighborhood a bit. I was wandering the woods searching for owls. Unfortunately the woods were very quite and I returned without any owl sightings. While crossing the river that boarders our property I was however rewarded with a kingfisher and two pairs of dippers. So I guess this will be one of my next project then. But before coming to them here a little dove tale. I recently met a pair of collared doves (Streptopelia decaocto) in our garden.
Doves play a major role in Christianity (and many other religion, cults or tribes) . In the Hebrew Bible and old testament doves make two important appearances. In Luke 3:22 the Holy Spirit is descending on Jesus in bodily form of a dove. In Genesis 8:11 the dove Noah sent returned with an olive leaf. So Noah knew that the waters had subsided from the earth. A quick comment here before we go along with a little dove tale. The dove was not the first bird Noah sent but it was a raven. I wrote an article some time ago on raven and crow symbolism you may be interested in. But as said, lets get back to a little dove tale.
My new friends – the Turks
The story goes that a pair of collared doves are frequently visiting our garden whereas the main reason probably my little bird feeder is. Collared doves in German are called “Türken Tauben”. These birds weren’t always Europeans but their habitat was spread from Turkey to Japan. In 1930 the doves started migrating to Europe and nowadays even call both (considering to the seven continents model) American continents a home. So I call them the Turks. One of them usually perches on a tree and the other one on its favorite garden fence pole. Most likely it’s a couple as I every now and then observe them on how they give each other little kisses. I hope they will be having chicks and bring their little ones for a visit. This may then will result in a little dove tale – episode VI “Return of the Doves” (ok I admit I watched to much Star Wars in my childhood). I like doves a lot and those two collared doves are very pretty. So I decided to spend some time with them.
The one dove always hanging around on its favorite pole was doing all sorts of funny stuff while perched. Sometimes it was stretching, yawning, jumping up and down, preening (doing plumage maintenance work) or battling against the heavy wind. I had a blast to watch but unfortunately the show started a bit late and light conditions drastically decreased. Therefore taking photographs became a bit of a challenge. But since its not only about taking pictures but mainly about experiencing nature I have collected some nice memories with the Turks today.
My cute little doves can also be quite aggressive. Eurasien magpies (Pica pica) belong to the Corvidae family (Crows and Ravens) and are very intelligent. They don’t visit my feeder as they know I will be around some where and they don’t trust humans (to long they have been hunted and killed – and still they are). Today however one of the beautiful magpies was paying me a visit. Probably just to check the on the overall situation and to make sure all is in order, like the garden police. The pole dancing dove when seeing the magpie immediately started attacking it and chased it away. Is this maybe a sign of having chicks soon and would support my theory on the kissing? Magpies are nest predators and go after eggs and chicks hence maybe the aggressive behavior of the dove that represents a symbol of piece. Thanks god the World piece foundation hasn’t seen that as they would need to look for a new symbol.
Thanks for reading
I hope you enjoyed a little dove tale. Here some photos I manage to take and having said that the picture is not the important part here but the meeting with this beautiful family who hopefully soon grow in family member sizes.