My pair of mourning doves have been busy around the yard trying to find a suitable spot to nest. They usually do so in one of my large evergreen trees. And many times their nests are not very well hidden.
In past years, they have been at eye level allowing us a glimpse into their world to watch the nest and the new babies hatch. When they are nesting, they don’t move off the nest when we walk right up; I think they know by now we’re not a threat.
Did you know that they used to be known as a Carolina Turtledove or a Carolina Pidgeon? And that some of them winter over if they have enough food sources from feeders? They migrate during the months of March-May and September-November.
They are monogamous birds and form strong pair bonds. Even though the mortality rate is high, we’ve seen the same pair, or possibly squabs (offspring) from the original pair, here for 5+ years. Sometimes pairs stay together during the winter months and other times they go their separate ways during migration and then get back together during breeding season.
If I get the opportunity to find their nest and if I’m close enough, I’ll see if I can document some photos of their nest. It will be a challenge since incubation is a short 2 weeks!
What birds are nesting in your backyard?