The Lost Dove Groupies

A sick dove being examined by the Admission Staff.

 

Dove #1  Red Flaming Fashion Queen

This species of dove (Quercus flammia) is in the process of molting (notice all the shed feathers!) and has temporarily lost her power of flight, however, she was soon to grow new primary feathers and "flew the coop" after only 10 days.  We wish her the best of luck!

 

Dove #2

Rock Dove (Columba livia)

the common, domesticated Pigeon.   Also the species responsible for the common vernacular "Stool Pigeon" or "one who is used to decoy unsuspecting prey."

Dr. Abraham:  an undercover therapist planted amidst the Lost Doves to secretly help with their molting and regeneration of new feathers.  Unfortunately, he was called away prior to the flock's release date to help in the psychological assessment (torture) of suspected terrorists at Guitmo.

 

 

Dove #3

North American Robin (Turdus migratorius) is a migratory songbird of the thrush family


This species get's the red breast feathers from consuming large quantities of grapes and other fermented berries.  Also a harbinger of Spring, this Robin provided hope and inspiration to us all with a sharp wit and sense of humor.




 Dove #4

Laughing Gull (Larus atricilla) a very vociferous predator of wayward crustaceans, mollusks and other "low-lifes".   A strident laugh, ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-haah-haah-haah, etc.




Sirens, fire alarms, and screaming banshees have nothing on this "Chick!"  Her constant giggles, hee-haws, snorts, and cackles kept the whole flock entertained and elated by her presence, even when she wasn't.


Dove #5

Tufted Puffin (Fratercula cirrhata)  Our largest puffin, top of head very rounded, dome-shaped.  Silent at sea but when nesting emits a low, rumbling, groaning sound.  A west coast species often found on isolated islands (e.g. Gilligan's Island).

One of the more intelligent bird species, this blonde crested avian is renown for its intelligence and pleasant disposition.  Solitary by nature, but extremely vociferous during the mating season.











Video showing Release Celebration:  http://vimeo.com/24614436
Please email me your photos and any messages you'd like the other groupies to see at kjones@dscc.edu