Mourning doves are common birds in North America; belong to the pigeons and doves family. They are seen in wooded and open areas and eat mainly seeds off ground.
The beginning of the story -
In a morning in spring, I looked out and saw a pair of mourning dove couple nested on the tree outside of my window. Then I had the opportunity to observe them for four successful broods of two youngsters each, during this breeding season from mid-April to early October.
1. Nest preparation behavior
2. Nesting behavior
3. Parent/feeding interactions
4. Leaving The Nest
6. Parental guidance on survival skills
7. Interactions and communications
8. Literature Information
I read more wild life literatures and researches, to satisfy my curiosity. My independent observations confirmed many behavior patterns as literature reported, also with unique discoveries and findings.
Here are additional facts about mourning doves from other resources –
The end of the story –
One day in the fall of the same year, I noticed the nest was gone. Not sure what had happened to it.
However, in the next early spring, I heard the first dove song from outside. Later in the morning, I saw the dove couple came back – the female was on the tree branch next to where the nest was and the male was on my window. They are ready for the new breeding season. Mourning Doves are reliable and responsible parents. Mourning dove parenting behavior enhances their offspring survival in wild life.
Thanks for being here. I hope to see my birdies home coming year after year. They will remember their nest tree and their first flight to the wild world, from my yard. When making a nature connection, I feel the freedom of mind and body, energy of life, and a strong sense of humanity.
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