Almost 3 weeks ago upon leaving my front door, there was a flutter of birds away from the door. I looked at the door to find a very poorly constructed nest was being built in my door wreath. I cleaned away the mess and continued on with my day.
As the day wore on I felt sorry for the Mourning Doves so decided to buy a wire basket with a coco liner as all garden centers have these and they look so much like a nest that perhaps the doves would rebuild their nest in this thing.
I hung the basket about 6 feet from the front door and from the ceiling of the porch. Sure enough they took to it and have been nesting there for over 2 weeks.
I still was concerned that my coming and going would disturb them and they would abandon the nest but they have held fast!
I naturally boned up on Mourning Doves to find out that they incubate for 2 weeks and the young fledge about 2 weeks after that. How quickly these doves leave their nest!!
Mama Dove has hatched 2 chicks within the past few days so now I will be watching for their progress and fledging. I have taken photos of this progress but it appears that I can add only one photo to this story.
I have been watching the Bald Eagles at the Norfolk Botanical Garden in Norfolk, Va for over a year now, so this event comes home to me with a big bang!! Check out the website: http://www.wvec.com/marketplace/microsite-content/eagle-cam.html
My Doves have really giving me a great deal of pleasure and excitement that beats all experiences recently. Enjoy !!