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Those of you who followed the story of the Mourning Doves in the tree outside my front door, and the babies.

Mom with 2 Babies by Ann Marquette

Before I went on my trip to Greenville last week I saw one of the young ones flapping its wings.  But I never saw either of the babies flying out of the nest.

Sadly when I got back on Thursday night the family was gone…and double checking since…they are gone, leaving an empty nest.

The Empty Nest by Ann Marquette

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What an exciting day today.

Baby Dove Kiss by Ann Marquette

This morning I was out front planting a new plant I picked up at Home Depot yesterday.
I heard some cooing back and forth by the mommy dove (I believe it was the mommy on duty), and the daddy apparently in another tree nearby. All of a sudden I heard some swooshing and looked up to see mommy fly off and daddy take over the parental duties. I knew there were some babies in the nest which I finally saw this morning and got a few photos. The difficulty getting photos makes it hard to get really good clear ones, but I do my best. Most taken through window from inside the house so birds coloring not so perfect.

Two Baby Doves with Mom by Ann Marquette

This afternoon I looked up to see the daddy take off and leave the babies all alone. So I went upstairs with the camera so I could check out the nest. I could see babies in there and it looked like there might be 3 because it looks like three bodies laying side by side! However, I believe doves only have 2 at a time.

Babies alone asleep? by Ann Marquette

About an hour or so later one of the parents came back with food for the little ones. Of course, I had to get more photos. This time they were situated enough that I could see them to get photos standing on my porch.

Awe! by Ann Marquette

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Ok, I took last night off:-)

As I was watering the plants on my porch last night a little green frog jumped out of one of them.  It hopped over the porch and up one of the posts.  Strange I have never seen any frog around my house, especially not on any part of it.  And then this afternoon I see this one hugging the edge of my patio screen door.

Little Green Frog by Ann Marquette

I also got another picture of the morning dove in the nest as she/he looked in my direction and the leaves were parted enough for me to see.  Earlier last week I was getting worried thinking that the bird was never getting food or water.  So I Goggled morning doves and read up about them.  Apparently the female stays in the nest half of the day, and the male takes over the other half of the day.  So I don’t know which I am taking photos of 🙂

 

My Morning Dove by Ann Marquette

 

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A few weeks ago I posted about the robin building a nest in the tree out front, in the branches just above the sidewalk leading to my porch. I watched her as she selected all the pieces and flew up into it placing each piece just where she wanted them. Then I didn’t see her for a very long time.

The Nest

In the last couple days I noticed movement in the nest, but I could never see clearly because of the other branches with their leaves in the way, except the occasional breeze which moved the limbs for a brief half second.

Yesterday and today I tried to capture brief glimpses. Not an easy task, even from the upstairs window.
This afternoon I downloaded the photos to trash the worst ones and see whatever I could see.
Surprisingly the bird I saw in these photos does not look like a robin. I emailed them to my friend, Michael, the Bird Whisperer to see what he thought, with what little we can see. He said it looks like a morning dove, and I agree. And he explained “that happens a lot….also sometimes different birds will use a nest after it has already been used previously by a different species of bird too…..:-) I guess some of them would rather just move in….then have to build from scratch…:-)

Bird In the Nest

Another view of a bird in the nest, which looks like another bird, maybe?

A different bird also in nest?

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