I live in the 2nd story of an apartment complex with a few trees planted on the 1st floor in the inside area of the complex.
I enjoy looking at these trees through the seasons seeing the leaves fall off in the fall, then the blossoms appear in the spring and finally full lush green leaves during the summer.
I actually get a bird's eye view of these trees because of the height of the trees and my 2nd story level.
Well, 2 months ago, I noticed a beautiful nest which had been built right into the central crook of one of the trees and I even snapped some pictures because it looked so perfectly constructed and placed.
Last month a couple of these Mourning Doves were hanging around the 2 trees just cooing away and relaxing but the nest was still empty.
Just a few days ago, I saw a Dove atop the nest, presumably nesting. It's been 3 days now and I was worried because it's been so cold and rainy here lately but nevertheless the Dove is still there staring at me taking pictures. (Don't worry, I keep my distance)
I leave my apartment in the morning and come back in the evening and noticed the bird looked different and had changed positions yesterday.
Now because of this site I know that Mama and Papa take turns incubating their babies. Charming!
I've never had the pleasure of witnessing something like this so I'm extremely excited and fascinated by the whole experience.
For the past few months, Mourning Doves have been cooing away, and fluttering around, and I being an animal lover, would respond in kind, by imitating their sounds back.
Silly perhaps, but hoping it was a type of communication with them, letting them know they were welcomed here, and I was their friend, they need not fear.
A few weeks ago, I noticed two nest in two of my front trees. I wondered which birds were nesting there. (having found some old nest from last year, full of moss, which I had thrown out, in hopes new nest would be built in their place) I thought I had seen some Mockingbirds in and out of the trees and nest, but couldn't be certain.
Today, as I went for my usual walk with one of my dogs, I decided to look into the tree, per chance, there was a bird this time inside one of the nest, and to my delight, there was! a Mourning Dove sitting right in it.
I was afraid of disturbing it, so I just went on my walk,but when I returned, I got my camera, and quietly, from a safe distance(yet close)I shot a few pictures.
She/he, seemed to watch me,but didn't stir nor seemed disturbed by my photo shoot.
I am thrilled, that they chose one of my trees in which to hatch their offspring's. So looking forward to seeing one of the babies.
In mid-April of this year, I looked out my bedroom window to see if the tulips I planted last fall had opened--anxious to see any colorful signs of spring. Much to my surprise, in a dwarf blue spruce pine tree next to the window was a beautiful dove sitting on a newly built nest.
We would watch everyday trying to catch a glimpse of the highly anticipated hatchlings. Finally, they arrived and I couldn't stop taking photos. They were on the nest for two weeks and thankfully nothing found them.
One morning we awoke to the sounds of a dove cooing--something they had failed to do the entire time---because of not wanting to disclose their location to any predators, we assumed.
Surprised by this we checked out the window and noticed that both mom and her two babies seemed to be more "active." We kept checking them all morning and around noon we noticed that they were gone.
We were disappointed to see them go but hopeful that they would make it and not become a victim of a hungry cat or hawk......even though we love cats and have two of our own (house cats), we wanted these beautiful doves to survive and thrive.
While putting away laundry in the bedroom later that day, one of our cats was sitting on the window sill--tail moving frantically. When I looked to see what was causing him so much anxiety, I saw that the two baby doves were on the ground under the pine tree sitting close together quietly.
They remained on the ground under that pine tree for about 3-4 days. Again, we were very concerned for their safety, but could only watch and hope.
One Saturday morning, while checking on our babies, we again noticed that they were more "active" flexing their wings, moving around, sitting on a decorative rock in our landscaping warming themselves in the sun. This went on all morning and finally, after checking for them around 11:00, they were gone.
Again, we were sad they were gone, but happy that we did not see any feathers or signs that they had not made a successful flight.
Much to our delight, a week or so later we noticed that "our dove" is back on the same nest. We haven't seen the eggs yet, but we are confident that she has another batch of babies on the way.
We will continue to monitor mom and babies. What an exceptional honor for us to be able to view this tiny example of Mother Nature at work just 3 feet outside our bedroom window.
P.S. The photo was taken by squeezing the camera lens through the wooden blinds with the window closed. Didn't want to open the blinds or the window and disturb mom and/or the babies in any way.
For the past 4 years or so, we get Mourning Doves nesting in our Willow Tree. Due to recent storms in the Houston area, we lost a major branch from the tree.
This spring, to our surprise the Doves returned. They weren't phased by the limb and previous nest's disappearance. Created a nest in a new branch and went about their business.
We now have two big babies that should hopefully be flying away soon.
Our environment is less than ideal as the nest is right above our swimming pool and we have 3 dogs that love to bark and chase birds. When outside, I am always less that 6 feet from those birds and they don't mind. I don't do it to be intrusive. They are literally over the pool and love to use it as their toilet, which is the only bad mark on them.
The wife and I look forward to seeing them again next year.