The Mourning doves are back from their wintering grounds in the southern U.S. & Central America. They are hard not to notice with their loud, persistent cooing. Click on the link to hear it: http://identify.whatbird.com/obj/163/overview/Mourning_Dove.aspx. They are milky brown colored birds with darker flecks on their back & wings, & have long gray beaks. They like to visit my feeder, but prefer to stay on the ground & eat the dropped seeds rather than perch on the feeder. Mourning doves are quite common in cities & yards, & often perch in huge groups on telephone wires in front of my house. I often see them in mixed groups with Rock doves (also known as common pigeons). Most of these birds live to be a year & 1/2 old, but the oldest mourning dove ever was 19.3 years old.