“Hoover” the semi-tame African Collared Dove who inhabits our neighborhood came around for a handout of sunflower hearts and peanuts on Valentine’s Day. It’s a bit of a sad story, in that he used to have a female companion, but no longer. So far this spring he’s spent much of the day in plaintive calling — woooHOOOooo — over and over, as of yet to no avail. There are others of his species living ferally in the area, but their numbers seem to be down from a few years ago.
So it seems appropriate to combine President’s Day with Valentine’s Day in wishing Hoover the best of luck this season of love and the executive branch in finding a feral girl-of-the-feather to hang with.