The mourning dove babies are six days old. I have been blessed to watch the dove parents safeguard and feed their hatchlings. Think me silly or emotional? Doesn’t matter. If all human moms and dads were as attentive to their young as mourning doves, this world would be a better place. With all due respect to the mourning doves, I will give short recaps of the hatchlings days.
Eyes still shut unaware of a new life… See previous post, below, of newborn dove babies.
doves nest in the hanging planter
A male and a female mourning dove, turtle dove, found love in southern Arizona. Their courtship includes the paired doves grooming each other’s feathers. Later, the male takes his mate to potential locations for a nest.
Arizona sun can be very hot but no worries, the female Mourning Dove chooses the best nest site. The male dove travels about, gathering material like twigs & grass to bring to the female for building the nest.
Our female mourning dove chose the top hanging basket on our front porch to lay her 2 white eggs.
Both parents incubate and nurse their squabs, nestlings. The mom and dad take turns so perfectly as if to synchronize their watches.
baby mourning doves
This new life of four days; knowing nothing of this earth. Brother where are we? What do we do?
Sister, just be. Just be. “Love will bring us health allowing us to grow and become strong.”
No worries sister, love is coming.
daddy dove taking the day shift in the nest
I took the above picture through a window because I do not want to do anything that will scare the dove parents. Mourning doves will abandon a nest and babies is they feel threatened.
Daddy mourning dove arrives in the early morning to relieve mom and take the day shift. The male dove arrives approximately 7am and does the later switch with mom about 5pm.
Mourning Doves eat mostly seeds, but the young are fed crop milk from their parents.
What is the food the female dove feeds to her babies? Mourning dove birds have an extra lining, called a crop or croup, that is near the throat. The dove’s food is temporarily stored in the crop before digestion.
In Mourning Doves the secretion in the lining of the crop produces crop milk that is regurgitated for the young doves.
female mourning dove watching her nest
While dad is babysitting the two youngsters and tidying up the nest, mom keeps a watchful eye across the garden.
Mrs. Mourning Dove tries several locations in the yard until she finds the perfect area to have full view of her cherished family.
A male white winged dove landed on the ground and the female mourning dove turned into SUPER MOM. In a split second and without fear she flew down to defend her territory.
Female Mourning Doves are much smaller than White Winged Doves especially the male dove birds. I let the dogs out to scare the intruder away. The mourning doves and our dogs seem to have a mutual respect for one another.
dove hatchlings in their nest
One of the squabs, dove babies, is bigger and more alert. Hopefully it is a male, female difference? I yearn for these young mourning doves to be healthy and strong enough to survive. These newborns deserve an opportunity to experience their life and God’s creation. xxoo
Part 3 is in the making….. stay tuned!!!