what do you think it was?

by Sheila

I tried to get a picture this morning, but when I went to go get my camera, it flew away. I have NO idea what it was. I'm used to seeing small birds and the occasional hawk/crows at my bird feeder, but this one was unusual. It was up in a tree/ was grayish/dark in color/it's head moved almost like a chicken, quail, pigeon. It was pretty early in the morning (about 6:20) It was fairly large. I'd say the size of a chicken/hawk/owl. I've never seen one that looked like this before. If I could best describe it.....large, pigeon/chicken like head movements, grayish/dark in color.

I live in Plymouth Massachusetts and we are about a mile or two from the beach as well. Any info would be great. I'm just hoping it comes back, and this time I can get a picture.


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Mar 07, 2013
Mourning Dove? NEW
by: GaryE

The only Pigeon sized grey bird I can think of that frequents feeders would be a Mourning Dove. Mourning Doves prefer platform feeders and or feeding on the ground. So what kind of feeder do you have and what kind of seed do you feed? They also prefer smaller seeds like millet and thistle/Nyger (I always throw out some thistle on the ground for the Mourning Doves when I fill my finch feeder with Thistle/Nyger).

For pics and more info on Mourning Doves check out:

http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Mourning_Dove/id and see if you recognize the bird you saw.

Good Luck!

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