Photo: Mourning dove gets to work

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Our reader photo of the day taken by Scott Heron in Dover, New Hampshire, shows a unique view of a mourning dove in flight. These beautiful birds known for their sorrowful call build unlined and flimsy nests of pine needles, twigs, and grass stems. Over the course of two to four days, the male brings the materials to the female, who deftly weaves them into a nest about eight inches wide. Ever the resourceful birds, like good treehuggers, mourning doves will reuse their own nests, and sometimes even those of other species.

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