There other bird sounds of early morning, but this cooing is quite distinctive and different. At first I thought it was an owl, but it was always in the morning that I would hear it and occasionally through the day. It didn't call at night like owls commonly do. A week or so ago, I saw the bird sitting in the trees as it flew around the neighbourhood. Pigeon of some sort and for a while, that satisfied me.
Till today. I went looking for what kind of pigeon. It was different than ones I was familiar with. Skinner about the neck and longer to with a very smoothly feathered body. Just quite distinctive. After doing a little bit of research at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, according to all the birdy places out there, the bird place on the internet, I think it is a Eurasian Collared Dove. The link will take you to the sound of it's call. More than any other bird call, this is what the bird I hear so clearly in the morning sounds like. A tropical invader who for some odd reason is travelling north.
Obviously, I am going to need to identify it not just by call, but by sight but that should be easy enough to do. It will just take a little bit of time and tea on the back deck.
What an amazing web site find. I love that they have the sounds not just as sounds, but sounds of distress calls, calls of all sorts.
And that is what I am doing this morning. Just listening to bird sounds. Not a bad way to start a day.