This morning I heard a distinctive oo oo ooooo call of the Band-tailed Pigeon (Columbia fasciata). I haven’t heard it before and am excited to have them. I believe it is the call of the male to entice the female to nest.
This particular pigeon feeds in trees and live in dense forests. They can be 12 ounces and 15″ long, an edible game bird. Trouble is, they were nearly hunted to extinction in the early 1900s and are just making a comeback. They usually have only one offspring each season (March to late Spring).
I planted a Western Sand Cherry (Prunus pumila besseyi) today that they should like. This year the juniper berries are coming along, as are the pinyon nuts. Flower seeds in abundance. I hope they stay.
Joyful sight this morning … the Asian Pear is in bloom.