Yesterday, 4/17/2013, I had the chance to actually catch a mourning dove preening in the tree off from our back deck. At first glimpse, I thought something was wrong with the bird because its feathers were all ruffled...then as I watched and let the shutter click and click...I could see that it actually was cleaning itself!
There's not a whole lot more that I can say...I'll let the photos do the talking!
A while later, I walked out on the back deck and the dove had left evidence behind of its cleaning itself...several fathers lay on the ground.
Have a great day!