Saturday, March 30, 2019

The dove nest

I'm pretty sure something has hatched, well hidden in back by the wall,protected by both parents.
The baby will get its food from the parents' mouth. Note the red marking. That's the "target". Action should be visible in about five days.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Rainy day in the garden

Drip, drip, wet day. Robins hanging  out under the feeders. Lots of seeds and bits of suet.
Dove has shifting position. I think she recognizes me.
Robins in middle garden. Getting fat for nesting season. Gorgeous male.
Then I heard the voices I love, male and female cardinal. They're in the space for a perfect well-hidden nest.
Female finding seeds. I left them to it. Rain falling heavier. Too bad I have to work all day tomorrow.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Down in the garden

It's been a while since I've posted... overload of work.  Gorgeous spring day in garden. The male robins are arriving, bright breasts, dark heads, plump. Stoking up for the breeding season. The females will be arriving soon.
But the most fun is the dove.  Remember the fuse box nest from last year. The robins built a perfect mud nest and had three babies. That nest survived the winter. Now the mourning doves have taken this spot. They dumped twigs on top of the old robin's nest. It's incubation time.  The doves have had a brood here in the past. Whoever arrives first gets the "apartment". It's not the best place for a dove family, because the fuse box is narrow. Fingers crossed that whoever hatches makes it to a successful fledge.