After reading Judy's comment yesterday about house sparrows being an invasive species, I was curious about how they got here. Like the importation of kudzu, people did it on purpose, starting in the 1850s. The first group that was imported died without breeding. It could have been stopped then, but noooooooo, they imported more of them. They're vicious birds. They'll kill other birds if they're in a nest that the sparrow wants. They also breed earlier in the season, so they occupy the good spots. By 1883, people began to realize that the house sparrow was a bad thing, and there were calls to eliminate them. Good luck with that. There are now approximately 150 million of them in the 48 states. There is a good article HERE with a lot of information on them. Apparently starlings were also imported from the old country with similar results.
So I will leave with pictures of the doves. They're pretty, but they're annoying. They really want to nest under the slide toppers. We really don't want them to do that.
That's it! That's all I've got to report.