Early monday morning, all seemed well in the dove household.
Sometime later however, a disturbance in the order of things, came to my attention.
The nest had fallen?
I hadn't noticed cats or starlings, so what went on? Why was the nest on the floor of the porch, the unhatched egg smashed?
By all appearances it would seem that the birds had done this themselves!
The female dove appeared to be cleaning house. She was flapping her wings and stirring up all kinds of dust. Or was this done to encourage the young one to get flying? Where was the baby? The male? We spotted them flying in the yard, the male keeping close to the young bird.
It now seems, the family has moved on. So I will share with you the last pics we were able to get of the Dove family.
The Young Dove.
You can see it's feet look to big for it's body, and it still has some of it's downy feathers. But, that baby could fly!
The male Dove staying close making cooing noises, and when the baby flew off the Dad followed.
The Dove parents really were doting parents, I will say that!
All in all an enjoyable experience, except for cleaning up the messy nest!