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#28197 - 07/02/21 12:19 PM Re: Mourning dove chicks. 2021 [Re: redsnow]
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Talking about birds. I found my Carolina wren nest last nigh, I mentioned above that I knew it was here someplace.

About a week ago I was standing at the back door, checking the sky and all, and a small wren landed on the porch. It was right there, 10 feet from me, and I could tell it was small. Wrens are small birds to start with, but this one was tiny.

I've got a little shelf box thing out back, honestly, I don't mess with it very often. About the only thing inside is a jug of brush killer, otherwise just junk. Anyway, I walked by it the other day and a wren came out of nowhere. That happened twice. It's dark back in that box.

Last night after work I took a flashlight and back in the corner of the top shelf, there waa a Carolina wren sitting in it's nest. I knew it was here someplace. Now, we'll be able to keep an eye on them.

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#28198 - 07/04/21 05:23 PM Re: Mourning dove chicks. 2021 [Re: redsnow]
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I had something similar years ago. In the barn I had an old wood crate nailed to the wall with the opening facing out. I kept garden tools in there. Every year, a wren would build a nest in the back corner of that box.
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#28260 - 10/03/21 01:40 PM Re: Mourning dove chicks. 2021 [Re: redsnow]
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We've let our bird thread go to the back-burner.

Above I mentioned the wren nest that I found out back, that was 3 months ago. We were keeping a close eye on the nest, my daughter noticed the chicks had hatched first. Just 2 chicks. I'm not sure how this works, if it was the male and female, both feeding the chicks? Or if maybe it was another female from and earlier hatch? But I know for sure there were 2 adult wrens feeding the chicks.

One evening a wren landed beside me, it was right there 4 feet away, it had some kind of grub or caterpillar in it's mouth. I'd guess they found a caterpillar nest in one of the fruit trees, and they were constantly in and out feeding the chicks.

The wrens are no longer using that nest, but I see them about every morning. One morning I had 4 wrens on the porch, that was a few weeks ago, but it was easy to see that 2 of them were smaller.

Do a search: Carolina wren nesting box. I was reading about them the other day, the average weight of a wren is 3/4's of an ounce. One thing that really surprised me, their lifespan is up to 8 or 10 years. They are a neat little bird.

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#28345 - 03/04/22 01:00 PM Re: Mourning dove chicks. 2021 [Re: redsnow]
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We'll start our dove egg experiment again.

I've been seeing a couple of doves about all winter, sitting on the powerlines or in trees here and there.

For the last week or so, I've been seeing one out back pretty regular. Wednesday, 3/2/22 I noticed a dove sitting in the window nest. Same nest that I've mentioned above. I checked the nest yesterday, looks like it's been rebuilt, and we have one egg.

First egg, 3/3/22. She's on the nest right now.

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#28348 - 03/05/22 11:01 AM Re: Mourning dove chicks. 2021 [Re: redsnow]
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Is this early or right on time for an egg in your area?

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#28349 - 03/05/22 01:37 PM Re: Mourning dove chicks. 2021 [Re: redsnow]
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I'd say this is very early for an egg. I had 20* F. yesterday at daylight, 26* this morning. But she's setting.

Old man Rob said that, It always snows on the yellow bushes. Our yellow bushes don't even have a bud yet. Here at the first of March, we're going to have some cold weather before it warms up.

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#28359 - 03/11/22 10:11 PM Re: Mourning dove chicks. 2021 [Re: redsnow]
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At least 2 eggs in the nest today. 3/11/22. 10:00 am.

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#28361 - 03/13/22 12:34 PM Re: Mourning dove chicks. 2021 [Re: redsnow]
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Well, it snowed 5 inches here yesterday, and I had a low temp of 14* F. Up to 15* now.

I'm not sure how cold an egg can go and still be fertile? But the dove is snuggled down into that nest as deep as she can get.

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#28362 - 03/13/22 12:55 PM Re: Mourning dove chicks. 2021 [Re: redsnow]
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We had the same weather as you had 5 inches of snow and 16 degrees outside this morning.
We have a bald eagle cam that the game commission puts on yearly about 1 mile from my house
The eagles begin setting in February in sometimes very cold weather.

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#28367 - 03/16/22 02:35 PM Re: Mourning dove chicks. 2021 [Re: redsnow]
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A while back someone sent me a link to one of those eagle cams. The bear den cams should be up and going now too.

The way the wind was blowing the other morning, I'll bet it was chilly sitting in that nest at 14*.

We've been checking the dove nest, but she's always snuggled down and you can't see anything.

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