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Wed Apr 17, 2019, 01:55 PM

Baby Dove & Mama in their nest on the wall in my backyard ...

Caught a nice moment this AM, Mama Dove and her chickadee ... the neighbors on the other side of the wall were doing yard work including trimming the oleander behind the nest, I told 'em to make sure not to cut down too much and where the nest was. Mom was trying to keep an eye on 'em through the bush ...

Can't believe this chick was in an egg like 1.5 inches long just 2 weeks ago ... they grow like weeds!

Really hope I'm lucky enough to be home and outside when the chick flies away, that'll be pretty cool!

I actually saved this kiddo's life, at one point 2.5 weeks ago I came home from work, and one egg was cracked on the ground below , and the other one was just sitting on the wall, literally an inch from doom, completely outside the nest, and Mom and Dad were GONE. I was quite distraught about the whole situation.

So I carefully put the egg back in the nest, and at some point overnight, they came back and resumed sitting on it. Thankfully it wasn't a cold night, about 72 at sundown and maybe fell to 68 during the night. I'm not sure how long the egg was alone but I feared it would die from lack of warmth ... but NOPE!

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Reply Baby Dove & Mama in their nest on the wall in my backyard ... (Original post)
mr_lebowski Apr 2019 OP
elleng Apr 2019 #1
Ohiogal Apr 2019 #2
samplegirl Apr 2019 #3
Fla Dem Apr 2019 #4
Solly Mack Apr 2019 #5
50 Shades Of Blue Apr 2019 #6
leftieNanner Apr 2019 #7
Bayard Apr 2019 #8
DownriverDem Apr 2019 #9
The Mouth Apr 2019 #11
Sugarcoated Apr 2019 #10

Response to mr_lebowski (Original post)

Wed Apr 17, 2019, 01:56 PM

1. Great,

and beautiful pic!

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Response to mr_lebowski (Original post)

Wed Apr 17, 2019, 02:07 PM

2. Good that you warned the neighbors

trimming the bushes on the other side.

Nice photo! I do love seeing all the baby critters (and watching out for them) in our yard during the spring.

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Response to mr_lebowski (Original post)

Wed Apr 17, 2019, 02:32 PM

3. Aweee

I feel so bad because each year they want to nest on my front door which I had to stop because they would poop all the way down the door and all over the front porch. We have numerous feeders out back but no where good for them to nest our trees out back are very small yet!

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Response to mr_lebowski (Original post)

Wed Apr 17, 2019, 02:36 PM

4. What a great picture. Doves in their simplicity are elegant.

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Response to mr_lebowski (Original post)

Wed Apr 17, 2019, 03:14 PM

5. K&R

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Response to mr_lebowski (Original post)

Wed Apr 17, 2019, 03:14 PM

6. What a beautiful photo! They are so precious.

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Response to mr_lebowski (Original post)

Wed Apr 17, 2019, 03:36 PM

7. We used to have a pair of doves who nested on top of our wisteria covered trellis on the back deck

We had a late snow one year and I remember seeing the poor parent sitting on the nest, covered in snow. Unfortunately, a pair of jays built a nest in the camelia bush in our front yard the next year and they kept tearing up the dove nest. Now they don't come back any more.

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Response to mr_lebowski (Original post)

Wed Apr 17, 2019, 03:38 PM

8. Beautiful

And I love the sounds they make.

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Response to mr_lebowski (Original post)

Wed Apr 17, 2019, 04:06 PM

9. Wow

Those eggs must not have been sitting there very long in order for them to be saved. You must live in a warm state.
We have doves, but we haven't seen any nests.

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Response to DownriverDem (Reply #9)

Wed Apr 17, 2019, 04:30 PM

11. Doves are terrible nest builders

my birder friends tell me; even given an optimum location, their best effort is hardly enough to hold an egg in...

Which seems odd, like nature would have selected against this, but maybe they evolved to nest on the ground..

Such lovely birds. Great picture, thanks!

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Response to mr_lebowski (Original post)

Wed Apr 17, 2019, 04:09 PM

10. We have them, been living in the eaves of our porch roof since we moved here

many years ago. I love their coo...such sweet creatures

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