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Mourning dove babies ready to leave the nest. Cute photo.

By Gary Bogue
Tuesday, March 6th, 2012 at 7:16 am in Mourning dove.

Mourning dove babies just about big enough to leave the nest. Photo by Marbi Wise, Concord, CA
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I thought I heard you were asking for pictures of nesting birds. This mourning dove nest is in our backyard in Concord and these little guys learned to fly just a few days after this picture. The nest wasn’t empty long and now another Mom and Dad are getting it ready for their new baby doves. Very cute to watch.
Marbi Wise, Concord, California

Spring has arrived when the mourning doves start to nest. Things happen pretty fast. Mom usually lays two eggs … it takes 14-15 days for them to hatch … and another 12-14 days until the babies are big enough to leave the nest. A typical mourning dove will raise 2-3 families every spring. That’s probably the same pair of doves that are getting ready to nest again.  They are such terrible nest builders, I suspect that’s Mother Nature’s way of making sure at least a few babies survive. /Gary

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One Response to “Mourning dove babies ready to leave the nest. Cute photo.”

  1. Rattakin Says:

    More nesting birds:

    Last I looked, they had three eggs. I watched them rear their chicks last year, it was fascinating!

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