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Mourning Doves are among the most common North American birds. And theirs is very much a beauty that hides in plain sight. From a distance, they appear to be rather plain, or drab-looking birds, cloaked in various shades of brown, tan, and black. But in just the right sunlight, it’s easy to see how gorgeous they are: their feathers are flecked with gold and nuanced with shades of pink and blue, their eyes accented by a ring of turquoise, their coal-gray beaks outlined in pink at the corners. At this time of year, the sunlight hits my bird feeders just right in late afternoon. And thankfully, there are usually at least a few doves around who are willing to have their photographs taken and show off their gorgeous plumage.