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Wearing Their Welcome Thin

Can you bear one more entry in the Dove Chronicles?

Last week, when I posted that the two squabs were able to fly and had left the nest, I was thinking (and really, really hoping) that the dove nursery was closed for the season.

Last week,  I was about to prune the hanging plant on the other side of our porch.  I reached up to hold a dead flower while I snipped it with the clippers. Imagine my surprise…..when a dove flew out of THAT plant and attacked me! It kept swooping down toward me and making very threatening sounds. I was backing away, holding my hands over my head to protect it, and all I could see were flapping dove wings.

Obviously I don’t have pictures of that. And I thought doves were supposed to be birds of peace.  It wasn’t very peaceful on the porch at that moment. 

I avoided that plant for several days, but could see a dove had taken up residence there. A couple days ago, I couldn’t see any wings or tailfeathers (and the plant really needed water). So I carefully tapped on the bottom of the pot. Nothing. No sound. No fluttering wings. No attack.

I took the plant off the hook, and there sat a dove. Since I wasn’t being attacked this time, I was determined to get a picture. So I placed the hanging basket back on the hook and went inside for my camera. When I returned, I stood on a nearby chair, and saw that the dove had moved to the rim of the basket.

Apparently, it was Papa Dove that was on the nest the morning I was attacked. Mama Dove wasn’t about to get flustered.

I held my camera up over my head and took this next picture.

So what can I do? I can’t evict an expectant mother.

In my research, I learned that doves can have six broods per season.

At least, it’s nearing the end of summer. Those hanging plants can’t last but so much longer anyway. The dove nursery, on the other hand, shows no sign of closing up shop.

Empty Nest

When last we visited Mama Dove’s nest, one baby (squab) was clearly visible, but we suspected there was another one hidden from view.

I checked a couple days after that post, and was able to see both squabs were right there with Mama Dove.

Squabs must mature quickly, because a few days after I took this picture, the nest was empty. But those little ones haven’t traveled too far yet.  You may recall that the nest was in a hanging plant on my front porch. Both babes are still hanging around the neighborhood; I just haven’t been able to get both of them in a picture.

I’m guessing that it won’t be long before Mama Dove will be expecting her second family of the season.  Her nest will be waiting.

Squab Announcement

And what, you may ask, is a squab? I just learned the word today: a squab is a young (baby) dove.

You may recall my post from earlier this month about a Mother Dove building a nest in my hanging geranium. If you missed it, here’s the link.

I’ve been keeping a close eye on the dove nursery. It’s right outside our bathroom window, which makes it easy for me to spy on it.

I’ve heard it said that dove …..how can I put this nicely?…… aren’t the most intelligent of God’s creatures. And when the afternoon sun is bearing down on Mama Dove, and temperatures are occasionally hovering around 100, I have to wonder about the wisdom in her decision to nest in this particular spot.

Either she’s a very trusting bird, or ……not the most intelligent of God’s creatures……, because I’ve been carefully watering the plant all month with her sitting right there on the nest. And she hasn’t moved.

This afternoon, Marshall came by, and while we were out on the porch, I went over to check on Mama Dove. I thought I caught sight of a baby squab, so I went in to get the camera. Since Marshall’s taller and could see the nest better, he took these next two photos.

The camera was less than two feet from her when these pictures were taken.

She may not be…… the most intelligent of God’s creatures……, but she has the look of a proud mama, don’t you agree?

(Note: according to my research, dove have “two squab per brood”, so hopefully, there’s a second baby that we couldn’t see. I’ll keep you updated.)