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:
"To muster his host and bring it into danger:--this may be termed the business of the general." -- Sun Tzu, The Art of War
Good stuff here. I love it. Nothing like helping nature… even inviting nature in to your home. Will they come back now year after year or is this a one time event?
They rotate doing this every few weeks. Once the babies fly away there will be about a week's break and then the mother (Not sure if its the same one) will inspect the nest and sit there for a long time until more babies appear. My phone's camera is not good enough to get a good shot of what the mother looks like as I have to stand about 15 feet away from the nest but the below from Wikipedia is very accurate.
Image from Wikimedia public domain.
Ah, now I understand. You are either running a boarding house, a nursery, or a bordello… or maybe it's a combination of the three! That's actually very cool.
How are you non-paying tenants doing? Have they left for greener pastures? Or are there lots of little ones?
She had two, they flew away and then I had to clean the area and put some rocks to stop them from nesting again. Unfortunately, we rent so we cannot afford to have them 'damaging' the place and throwing stuff below on other tenants. I think after several pregnancies we did our part. If we ever have our own home with land I will definitely setup some sort of outdoor sanctuary so they can avoid the hawks and have their young in peace.
In an update to this, instead of having babies there (They can no longer do it because I have placed rocks in the space) a couple of love doves have taken the space to sleep together during the night and leave during the day. That spot in the house must be a sweet spot!
I think they think you are running a brothel. The word must be out on dovenet.com, do here, it's the happening spot for doves in love *wink*.