This is a Eurasian collared dove. This bird is an invasive species arriving in the United States about forty years ago. After getting a foothold in Florida it spread out across the sun-belt states and in the West it also spread North into Canada.
Since finding them in our yard a few years ago they have proliferated to the point where we can see thirty to forty birds at a time foraging in our front yard. Most likely their numbers will continue to grow.
Invasive species tend to thrive. The reason might be that they have left their natural predators behind.
The local hawks have seemed to acquire a taste for these doves, but they are not acting quick enough to suppress the population.
It is likely these doves will begin to affect populations of native birds. As they compete for food and nesting territories sooner or later they should begin to crowd out the species which belong here.
Eliminating an invasive species is always possible, but as their numbers increase it becomes more and more unlikely.
The spread of the Eurasian collared dove is a good model to help you understand the activity of sin in your heart and life. It comes in unnoticed, spreads until it has taken over, and eventually crowds right living out of the way.
James 1:14-15 (HCSB) says, “But each person is tempted when he is drawn away and enticed by his own evil desires. Then after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin, and when sin is fully grown, it gives birth to death.”