A Half-Dozen New Doves

Over the past month or so, we have had three pairs of Mourning Dove babies in our yard.  Two from the nest nestled in the oak tree.  Two from the nest most precariously perched in the tip-top of the sumac.  And two from some other nest more properly hidden nearby.

If you have ever seen one, you’ll understand when I say that Mourning Dove nests are not a structure that inspires confidence.  A loose and flimsy-looking platform of small sticks, it seems woefully inadequate for the relatively large and rather rotund dove, never mind a pair of hefty hatchlings wanting to stretch their wings.  And yet… a half dozen baby doves say otherwise.  Apparently the Mourning Dove’s nest is more reliable than it looks.

About Rachel Lancashire, ON

Rachel Lancashire lives and birds in Ennismore, ON. Groundcovers nursery worker by day, she is a freelance writer and artist in her spare time. She has had articles about birds and wildlife published in Nature Friend, GreenPrints and The Banner. Her art, inspired by birds, can be found on her blog, MyWildMuses, and in her Etsy shop, Miss Sitta's Nest.
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2 Responses to A Half-Dozen New Doves

  1. Angie says:

    My husband and I watched with amusement, many years ago, two Mourning Doves at a park. One was working on a nest, exactly the way you describe. It’s the only time we’ve seen one ( a nest). We get a few Mourning Doves in our yard regularly but have not found a nest in the yard. Glad it was a successful year for them in your yard.

  2. Really Wonderful, as Usual.