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