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Scott in Philly

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I took the attached photo on Dec 13, 2017, in my urban backyard, zip code 19128 in Philadelphia. 

The bird did not try to fly even though I got close to it. Bird seems very wide / fat. Was also making noises. Temperature is 20 degrees now. Not sure if bird distressed? 

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1 hour ago, Scott in Philly said:

...Is it normal for this bird to just sit on the grass and not move? It's been in the yard for 3 hours sitting in same spot -- not eating etc.

They do sit like that a lot and if it is cold they will be fluffed up.

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Welcome!  I've had Mourning Doves sit for several hours.  This one has his feathers fluffed up so they'll act as insulation.  That, remaining relatively motionless, and pulling the head down close to the body are heat conservation strategies.

And they're normally fat / wide in appearance when compared to other birds.

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Yeah, I don't think they are very tolerant of urban conditions.  I assume you see their citified Rock Pigeon cousins (a.k.a. "Rats with Wings') on a regular basis.

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I do see rock pigeons occasionally in my neighborhood, but not in the yard area where the mourning dove was. Since I started tuning into birds the last several months, I have seen several hawks in the neighborhood. We have a huge forest / creek trails system called the Wissahickon Valley about 1 mile from my neighborhood. So there are tons of species around here it seems.

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1 hour ago, Scott in Philly said:

I do see rock pigeons occasionally in my neighborhood, but not in the yard area where the mourning dove was. Since I started tuning into birds the last several months, I have seen several hawks in the neighborhood. We have a huge forest / creek trails system called the Wissahickon Valley about 1 mile from my neighborhood. So there are tons of species around here it seems.

You have the John Heinz Wildlife Refuge and Palmyra Cove park nearby, both with over 250 recorded species.  Also, southern NJ is one of the top birding regions in the nation. 

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2 hours ago, Scott in Philly said:

I just went to Heinz a few weeks ago for the 1st time ever, went on a guided bird walk, really loved it. And I'll be checking out Palmyra Cove and Cape May NJ etc soon too. Thanks a bunch for the great tips!

Ooh yes, Heinz is a really great place to go! I've gone there so many times!! I love it. I have some great pictures from there too. If you enjoy wading birds, flycatchers, swallows and the such, you should definitely come back when spring/summer comes along! I could spend forever on the bridge watching the swallows; I absolutely adore them. 

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