For the past several weeks we have had a Mourning Dove sitting on a nest in the Carolina Jasmine by our front door. During the winter, we frequently scare up a few roosting birds if we come home well after dark. The house faces south so I guess the combination of the sun warming the air caught in the porch and the dense vines of the Jasmine makes it an attractive winter roost for the night. And for the past couple of years we have had birds try to nest in it. But since the Jasmine is right next to our front door, and only real access to the house, the previous nests haven't been successful. It seems like the first two attempts were just nest building attempts and no eggs were laid. Then last year we started seeing a female Cardinal sitting on one of the nests. But she would flush nearly every time we would go in or out. This lasted for over a week. We never stopped to try and see if she had eggs but there were never signs of young and she soon moved on.
|First sighting of the young taken through the window|
|A clearer view from the front steps|
|The adult watching me from behind the tree|
This morning we saw the two young with the two adults, including one that was feeding the young. Mighty nice to watch such an intimate encounter. And throughout today the young have stayed in the garden again. We saw them sleeping at dusk.
It appears Dove normally lay two eggs at a time so it appears we have a full brood. But Doves can nest up to four times per season. So maybe they will be back at after these young are strong enough to take off on their own.