We were visiting family in Ulysses, KS, the past week. The town is swarming with doves. This Mourning Dove was sitting on a nest over my mother-in-law’s driveway.
This nest with two young Mourning Doves was about 20 feet away from the nest pictured above.
Eurasian Collared-Doves are now much more common than Mourning Doves in town.
After the two species of doves, the most conspicuous birds in Ulysses are Mississippi Kites. They are constantly flying over town, hunting dragonflies and cicadas.
Here is a rare look at a Mississippi Kite sitting still in the open.
It has been a good summer for Red-headed Woodpeckers. I saw several families with young (note the young bird below and to the right of the adult above).
This is surely the most beautiful woodpecker in North America.