Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Twinsies Again

While we were out of town our old feathered friend the ditzy mourning dove built a new nest on top of our birdhouses -- again. I swear, she must have been casing the house. Anyway, she hasn't moved from it for the last week, until today:



When she saw me step out on the porch she moved, perching out of the way to show off her new additions:



It's hard to be annoyed when you look at their cute little faces; even when one of them obviously inherited his mama's smirk:

18 comments:

  1. Too cute! You go on vacation, and the squatters move in... I love it. Am I mis-remembering, or is she getting an early start this year?

    Hm. How many years is this, anyway - wonder how long before she passes the perch on to a daughter?

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    1. She's definitely early this year, Shawna -- we usually don't have to deal with her weird nesting habits until March or after. Believe it or not this is the fourth year, and since I don't think doves live that long we may be into the second or possibly the third generation.

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  2. Fran K4:19 AM

    Cute but that is definitely a smirk!

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    1. It's genetic, I think. Must be a female dove trait.

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  3. Margaret S6:49 AM

    How many years has she been coming back. She must think she is part of the family and that her chicks are your new relatives. Well they are probably less trouble than most relatives. She must have been house sitting while you were away.

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    1. Four years now, Margaret, can you believe that? I can't imagine why the doves keep returning to nest here with our noisy dogs and rambunctious teens and all manner of critters running around our property. This place is like Wild Kingdom even on a quiet day.

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  4. Awww. I'm so glad they came back again this year. These pics you post are about the only time I get to see mourning doves any more. Around here the Eurasian collared doves are squeezing them out. =o(

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    1. Oh, what a shame. These guys may be wacky nesters, but they make lovely sounds when they call to each other.

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  5. I agree with Margaret. Your feathered friend clearly sees herself as a member of the family. And she's committed to making the family bigger.

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    1. So what you're saying is I have a bird Nymphomaniac as part of my crew now. Argh!

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  6. Awww!! So cute! (Love the bird houses!)

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    1. We inherited them from the previous owner, Casey, so I can't take credit for them. We also have a platform feeder and a hanging nuthouse for our feathered visitors, all well stocked with seed.

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  7. ...you realize this will never stop. Not ever.

    (The frog is still the best)

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    1. Yeah, I'm past denial and into acceptance. This twit is going to nest wherever she wants no matter what.

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  8. Anonymous8:49 AM

    I love these updates! Wish I had some friendly visitors to entertain the kiddos with, but it is way to cold (30 below windchill) yet.
    Stephanie

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    1. Thanks, Stephanie. I'm sending some warm weather thoughts your way right now.

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  9. Congratulations! Always a day late, but better late than never in this case. They're so cute!

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    1. They are, aren't they? Sigh. I'm a total marshmallow when it comes to baby birds.

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