There were Ground-doves out in the backyard today. These tiny doves are only about the size of a sparrow, and I always love to see them. They have a distinctive dark tip on their beaks.

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A pair of Ground-doves. They are usually in pairs when I see them.

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And the same pair of Ground-doves passing each other as they walk in opposite directions.

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Much to my surprise, four more doves joined these two. I’ve never seen six Ground-doves together before. The little birds were spread out too much to fit all six in one picture, but here are four of them.

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Squirrel in the palm trees today–Max was very excited when he looked out the back door and saw this scene. (The squirrel safely scurried up the tree of course!)

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Sunlight hitting the side of a palm tree.

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Mockingbird up in a tree, with leaves beginning to turn colors here and there.

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And Max relaxing outside today with his toy squirrel.

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