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#28119 - 04/21/21 11:13 AM Mourning dove chicks. 2021
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Here at the house, I think it was 3 years ago a robin built a nest in one of my windows. We watched the robin chicks grow up and take off, as well as I remember she hatched 3 or 4 peeps. I may have posted pictures of them here on the forum?

About 3 weeks ago I noticed a bird fluttering around in the same window, it was a dove. The next day I noticed that a dove was sitting on the same nest. Everytime that I'd look at her, she had her eyes closed. I mean we were right there 10 inches apart.

About a week ago, my daughter confirmed that we had one baby dove chick. Tiny little thing. Then it was confirmed we had 3 peeps, now we're up to 4. At one time they were about the size of a hummingbird, and their heads looked very similar.

Yesterday I was trying to get a picture of them, and another adult dove landed and I got to watch the chicks get fed. I was reading, and learned about "dove milk". I just checked the nest, they are starting to look like doves now. I'm not sure, but I think they'll be flying in another day or 2. They've grown fast.

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#28120 - 04/21/21 02:34 PM Re: Mourning dove chicks. 2021 [Re: redsnow]
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Every year, I have a wren build a nest in my shop. They go in and out of the building through a 2X2 hole in the bottom of the garage door. We have phoebes build nests all around the place. A favorite place is on top of the outside light on one side of our back door. I let one finish her nest a couple of years ago. What a mess! They use a lot of mud, and she spattered mud all over the siding. She sat that nest and raised her chicks with the back door opening and closing not two feet away. After that I put a screen guard over the light. Now they have glued a nest to the tiny ledge above the bathroom window on the back side of the house. We don't care so much about the mud back there.
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#28121 - 04/22/21 12:25 AM Re: Mourning dove chicks. 2021 [Re: redsnow]
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I was taking pictures again this morning, got to see the chicks fed again. Looked like a fight going on. Dove milk. They're flapping their wings now.

I've got Carolina wrens out back, I see them about every day. Part of my morning routine is to check the temperature and look at the sky for the real time forecast. About 3 weeks ago, I noticed 2 wrens chasing each other around, and watched them mating in the tree just out the back door. 12 or 15 feet away. I haven't looked for their nest, but they are here someplace.

I have a night light out back, and it'll attract bugs. Now, I've been getting some kind of light gray moths, and I'll tell you those little Carolina wrens are ferocious when it comes down to a moth. Between the wrens and the sparrows, a moth doesn't stand a chance out back.

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#28122 - 04/22/21 01:51 PM Re: Mourning dove chicks. 2021 [Re: redsnow]
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Wrens are aggressive little carnivores.
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#28123 - 04/23/21 11:40 AM Re: Mourning dove chicks. 2021 [Re: redsnow]
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We've warmed up to 34* now, was blowing snow about all day Wednesday. The chicks are shoulder to shoulder, and about the size of a sparrow. I showed them to a couple friends yesterday.

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#28124 - 04/24/21 01:13 PM Re: Mourning dove chicks. 2021 [Re: redsnow]
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Well, had 33* again this morning, the chicks have flown the coop. As well as I could tell they were all in the nest, right at daylight. The last chick was sitting a twig, about a foot from the nest, looking like it wanted to go, but didn't. I flicked the mini-blinds and watched it's maiden flight. It fluttered out about 50 feet and landed, sit there preening itself for a couple minutes. There were 2 of them sitting there like they wanted the other one to feed each other.

I showed them to a couple other friends yesterday. If I'd had them another day or 2, I was going to put up a sign: "Bird Nest here", with an arrow pointing to the window.

But it's been fun watching the little birds, and they look like doves now.

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#28125 - 04/25/21 10:39 AM Re: Mourning dove chicks. 2021 [Re: redsnow]
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That didn't take long.

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#28126 - 04/26/21 11:21 AM Re: Mourning dove chicks. 2021 [Re: redsnow]
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Yesterday morning I noticed a dove kind of "float" past the kitchen window, I went out to check the nest, sure enough it was one of the chicks, standing in the nest. Looking at it from a foot away, I'd say it's tail feathers are 4 inches long. Side by side with one of the adults, it'd be hard to tell them apart.

I'm planning on painting this place this summer, if I do, the nest has got to go. Thinking about giving it to one of my school teacher friends. Proven robin & dove nest.

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#28127 - 04/27/21 09:38 AM Re: Mourning dove chicks. 2021 [Re: redsnow]
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You could remove the nest and then put it back after the paint job.

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#28131 - 04/29/21 11:09 AM Re: Mourning dove chicks. 2021 [Re: redsnow]
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I thought about that too. You see, the nest is in some kind of climbing shrub/viney bush thing. I forget the name of the plant, but it's been growing up the side of the house for 20 years, and it really should come down.

Breaking news: Yesterday 4/28, there were 3 doves in the window. I did see one of them land with a leaf, and tucked it into the nest. The nest was vacant there for a little bit and there were no eggs.

Last night after work a dove was sitting in the nest, it was still sitting there before daylight this morning. A half hour ago she was up out of the nest, and now there is an egg. I just checked, she's sitting on it right now.

The egg is about the size of a marble or a little bit bigger. This time we'll find out how long it does take for them to hatch and fly the coop.

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