Southwest Michigan Wildlife columnist for The Herald-Palladium

Mourning Dove

A mourning dove adult with young in nest in the spring of 2020. The mourning dove breeds in southern Michigan from March until early October.

This past week while watching migrant warblers, vireos and flycatchers forage for food up in the trees, I came upon an active nest of a mourning dove. This reminded me that although we think of September and early October as months during which birds vacate our region, some species continue to nest into October. In Michigan, mourning dove young may fledge their nests as late as the first week of October.

During the early 1900s, the mourning dove was a summer resident over most of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan, and only a handful stayed the entire winter in the southernmost tier of counties.


A red-headed woodpecker at a bird feeder in Sodus Twp. on May 5.


A piebald, white-tailed deer buck on Sept. 3 near Paw Paw.

Jonathan Wuepper is an area naturalist. Report your sightings to him at