When I see birds, and this is a seasonal observation, examples being the Great Egret and Snowy Egret, that have adult characteristics, but are smaller than what I think a female would be, I think they might be juveniles who are not quite adults.  The adolescents of the bird world.  The Ground Doves you saw could fit my theory, SLB’s theory #1 of bird development.  The link below is to Pinellas Birds.

“Take the time to read his fantastic article, linked below”

I am copying it and know I will have occasion to refer to it.  -SLB


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