My Doves, as I like to refer to them have given our family much joy through the years.
They first started nesting on our covered porch in our hanging plants, they would usually just have one brood and then I would await their arrival the following year.
Well this year my darling dove is on her third brood. What's different this year is how close she has nested to our front door.
She greats me every time I open and close my front door, as she is so close I could easily reach out and touch her, she always looks at me and I softly talk to her and she has no fear of me or our family at all.
Another thing that is different is she is on her third brood, we watch her teach the babies to fly in our nearby fountain garden, our family including our grandchildren, watch from a nearby window, they have kept us entertained amongst the isolation of the stay at home orders.
Once she and her mate have their babies flying she is back on the nest with another brood. I have come to love these little birds as they make no mess and are a joy to watch.
She's as close to being inside our home as she could be. I think of her as one of our pets, like our little dog Andy as part of our family.
When I photograph her with her babies she looks so proud, almost as if she's poising for the photos.
I hope you enjoy some of the photos I have included.
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