A mourning dove rests in a palo verde tree which is common to the desert southwest. I was drawn to this idea by the strong position of the dove and the direction of the tree branches. Mourning doves are one of the most numerous and wide-ranging gamebirds. Their numbers total 350 million throughout N. America! They are one of my favorite birds to watch fly as they very graceful reminding me somewhat of a pintail. When they take off their wings make a distinctive whistling noise.