Dove love

Two mourning doves nuzzle on a boulder Wednesday at sunset in Westmoreland. Photographer Richard Schmidt says the two doves smooched for about 15 minutes with their eyes closed during physical

contact. Members of a pair preen each other with gentle nibbles around the neck as a pair-bonding ritual, according to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Eventually, the pair will progress to grasping beaks and

bobbing their heads up and down in unison.