It’s fairly early this morning and mom Morning Dove is on the nest keeping the eggs warm.  It’s 77 Fahrenheit so there is not a lot of morning chill.  Carefully I crept up to take a picture and she was tolerant for about 2-3 minutes as I snapped a few images with my iPhone 10.  I’m surprised how well it takes pictures.  Finally, she lost her patience with the intruder, me, and flew off so as not to bring too much attention to the nest. Over time she will get used to me and learn to trust my presence.  Hopefully, she will.  The last nestingRead More →

It has been a long time since we have had Morning Doves nest at eye level or even close to eye level. This nest appears as though it is in our oleanders but not. The nest is strategically place atop a horizontal 14 foot ladder normally used for painting. Gus is not going to use that ladder this season until the eggs have hatched and the babies have gained their wings for flight. This is such a joy to me as many years back I had a Morning Dove in a tree in the backyard two years in a row with thriving babies. I’ve postedRead More →

Snapped from my back yard in Arizona, this mother Morning Dove had nested in a low tree-like bush to hatch her young.  I believe she was the same Morning Dive that I had been injured and was rescued from a deserted rental house.  I kept her in a box on the kitchen counter for several weeks as she recuperated from a wounded wing.  After a few days I would take her to the back yard and let her lose.  I figured that if I couldn’t catch her back she was ready to be free. Later that same year this Morning Dove stared her family andRead More →