From as far back as human history is recorded, the dove has not only been understood as a sign of love and purity but of good fortune as well. Consider the over two-thousand-year-old verses of the Song of Solomon associating the return of the turtledove as a sign of more pleasant times to come:
For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone;
the flowers appear on the earth;
the time of the singing of birds is come,
and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land.
The familiar Mourning Dove commonly seen across North America has also sometimes been called the Western Turtle Dove. Edgar from Corbin, Kentucky recently uploaded this superbly framed image of one recorded in the midst of a cleansing bath.
Looking upon its beautiful grey feathers and lovely large dark eye ringed in delicate light blue, its not difficult to understand how the ancients thought these birds auspicious for many of life's better experiences.