Mo(u)rning Dove

Mo(u)rning Dove | East Wenatchee, WA | January 2020

Sun on clouds, dove on wire, poop on car — a chain of events that slid quickly from grand to groan. That’s because one vestige of birds’ dinosaur lineage is that they don’t pee. Instead, they squirt a nitrogenous paste that sticks like glue to windshields and auto paint. Some ornithologists also believe that our feathered friends prefer pooping on red cars more than any other color. When parked, our maroon Honda is like a mobile litter box for bird bombs from above. Still, it all remains dazzling — the sky, the bird, the windshield — until that very instant of splat.

[Another mourning dove perches here.]