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It must be spring, the mourning doves are in bloom

By Gary Bogue
Monday, March 21st, 2011 at 7:39 am in Mourning dove.

Busy dove nest. Photo by Gene Crawford, Antioch, CA
busy dove nest gene crawford antioch

The column you wrote on March 18 (“It must be spring, the doves are in bloom”) caught my eye. I have a small spider plant hanging right outside my living room window. Monday I noticed there were two doves in the plant. Now there is what I suppose is a hen. It looks like she is sitting on her nest. I haven’t seen any eggs because I don’t want to disturb her.
Gene Crawford, Antioch

I can see by the above photo the dove is definitely sitting on its nest (male and female take turns). Takes 14-15 days for eggs to hatch and another 12-14 days until the chicks leave the nest. Doves nest as close as possible to humans and human activities because this keeps jays and other predatory birds away.

As anyone can see by your photo, that’s a very busy area. Smart birds! /Gary

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