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Baby Mourning Doves
Baby Mourning Doves
Below is a picture I took of some Baby Mourning Doves that are occupying part of our home. If you want to know the history of how this happened read this:
Courtship begins with a noisy flight by the male, followed by a graceful, circular glide with outstretched wings and head down. After landing, the male will approach the female with a puffed-out breast, bobbing head, and loud calls. Mated pairs will often preen each other's feathers The male then leads the female to potential nest sites, and the female will choose one. The female dove builds the nest. The male will fly about, gather material, and bring it to her. The male will stand on the female's back and give the material to the female, who then builds it into the nest. The nest is constructed of twigs, conifer needles, or grass blades, and is of flimsy construction. Mourning doves will sometimes requisition the unused nests of other mourning doves, other birds, or arboreal mammals such as squirrels.
That part in bold is how our home got chosen. We tried everything to get the parents to stop building their nest on the inside ledges of the porch but they ignored our 'barricades' and insisted by making a mess everywhere. Yes, they've done this dozens of times.
Finally, I decided to build something simple for them hence the white part you see in the photo which is a PVC pipe holding a cover in place. The babies grow very fast and at this stage the mother sometimes flies off to get food. Its at this point I was able to get close enough to get a picture without scaring her.
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