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Columbia Missourian

FROM READERS: Mourning in the P.M.

April 5, 2013 | 1:21 p.m. CDT
John Hall captured a photo of a squirrel on a stone mushroom.

John Hall frequently photographs his mid-Missouri surroundings, and he has been sharing his images with the Missourian for several years.

A little play on words with Mourning and PM.  I was about to send an email when my wife called for me to look at the back door. The secret to over a half-century of wedded bliss is to "mind your wife."  So, I looked out the door and saw a squirrel, some Purple Finch that look red to me and a couple of Eurasian Collared-Doves, a relative of the Mourning Dove. All of those creatures were interested in some sunflower seeds so I snapped a few shots of them for sharing at this time.

Eurasian Collared-Doves are larger than the common Mourning Dove and have a half-ring around the neck.  They also have a louder sound than the Mourning Doves.

(If you can't see the slideshow embedded above, view it on Flickr here.)

This story is part of a section of the Missourian called From Readers, which is dedicated to your voices and your stories. We hope you'll consider sharing. Here's how. Supervising Editor Joy Mayer.