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.
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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