We often have a pair of doves living on or around our property. We've had a pair recently that I've seen using the chickens' water bowl throughout the day. And I can hear them talking. Yesterday I saw a dove walking around the area, getting a drink, walking into the donkeys' paddock, and just cruising around. Why was it walking?
In the evening, as the sun is setting, I am usually outside waiting for the chickens to settle into their coop so I can lock them in for the night. I took the garbage out and had my camera in hand for those "end of day" photo opportunities. Then I noticed the walking dove near the garage. She was walking back and forth and seemed a little confused. I took some quick photos of her, a little blurry, but kept trying to get closer to her as she wandered around. Then I looked up and saw another dove on the roof of the garage. It was as if he/she was concerned about the one on the ground. I watched for a while and saw the walking dove try to fly up, but she was only able to fly about a foot or two off the ground. We have a gate that goes into the side yard behind the garage, so I opened that gate and kind of herded her in that direction. She made it into the side yard and I saw her walking around in there. I don't know what happened to her but I will definitely check today. Was she young and unable to fly? Was she a broken dove who can't fly? I just don't know. Poor little walking dove.