I admit that mourning doves are not one of my favorite bird species. They remind me of city pigeons and they don't sing. Their voice reminds me of sadness in past summers. I don't know where I picked up that connection, but it's there. The doves eat on the ground and are very skittish and passive. Their brown colors make it difficult to photograph them successfully. But on this day in December, 2010 I got some good photos. What I do love about the doves is the exquisite blue circle around their eye.