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Thursday, March 24, 2011

In Mourning

This dove sits on a nest that was once occupied by robins. Although mourning doves do make their own nests, they will also reuse their own or other birds' prior constructions... hey, why not take advantage? This particular site is very protected and watched over by a class of kindergarten kids, which may stress out the dove, but doesn't hurt, as no kindergarteners are 8 feet tall. If this dove is sitting on eggs, they'll hatch within 2 weeks... and this process could happen 3-4 times over the course of the spring and summer. This nesting dove is probably pretty bummed that his (the male doves sit on the nests during the daytime, and females work the graveyard shifts) view looks something like this:
Keep those eggs warm and toasty, little guy! (Really, though, if this is our spring snow storm, we can't complain too much, can we. It's typical to get a big snowfall in spring when the daffodils have bloomed already... which they have not, as you can see -- there are some right below the tree in the photo.)

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