Sharing Space with Wildlife by Ari Thatcher

In the six years I’ve lived in my current home, I’ve been lucky enough to share my deck with one or two pairs of mourning doves. They nest in my flower pots on the deck, and suffer through my photos with each new brood – sometimes two or three in a season! I was surprised when they returned the second year to the same “nest” in my spider plant. Calling it a nest is mild exaggeration, some years. They collect pine needles from the yard. Some years it’s just an outline of a circle. This year it’s a full nest in the spot they’ve been using for the past three or four years – a pot with dead narcissus bulbs.IMG_0518

Mourning doves usually lay a pair of eggs two to three times in a season. The eggs hatch after two weeks, and two weeks later the chicks are big enough to leave home.

The nest is about six feet across the deck from my front door. The doves allow me to water the plants on the lower pots on the baking rack during the day, as long as I move slowly.

At night, however, the doves will protest if I even walk out the door. They’ll slam their wings down on the planter in a threatening move. The noise is surprisingly loud!

I’m honored that these birds trust me enough to keep coming back. My dogs caught at least one chick this year, and I’m sure the stray cats get a few. These photos are from litter number four this year, so I’d say the doves are winning.

I hope they continue to win for many years to come!

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About Ari Thatcher

USA Today Bestselling author Ari Thatcher is the naughty side of sweet romance author Aileen Fish. Ari has always loved sexy romance where love takes the leading role. Reviews have called her work “captivating” and “compelling”, and her characters “intelligent, intriguing and realistic.”

2 Replies to “Sharing Space with Wildlife by Ari Thatcher”

  1. We have a pair of doves also who return year after year to nest in the tree. They always try to occupy the fan blades on the patio first but we chase them away to protect them so they resign themselves to the trees. Of course, I know it’s not the same pair of doves but probably their offspring. I guess it’s genetic memory in action.

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