Wednesday, July 9, 2014

A Fledgling Post

Every year a mated pair of mourning doves makes their nest somewhere in our yard and this year is no different.  They came back again and I think they made their nest up on our roof since we really didn't see them much. 

Mourning Dove fledglings on my patio chair

But now, their babies are fledglings and they have been hanging out on my back patio for the last couple of days until their wings are strong enough for them to fly away.  I have been guarding them against the feral cats as well as some of the other birds who want to come and bother them.

Their momma is still keeping an eye on them and feeding them 2-3 times a day.  When Ma goes out there, they move away from her but they do not go far.  It's like they know we are watching over them and will not harm them.  Nature is so cool!


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41 comments:

  1. Aww what a good watch dog you are to help keep them safe! Also, I've just nominated your blog for a Shine On Award. Stop by my blog to accept your award and grab the badge. http://www.yourdesignerdogblog.com/2014/07/09/shine-award/

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  2. you are the protector of all things feathered....except for those silly feather boa things - they deserve to be shredded :)

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  3. PPPPSSS we voted for you on the Petties Yesterday - good luck :)

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  4. You are a great friend to all.

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  5. How cool! You're very sweet to guard the fledglings until they're big enough to fly.

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  6. They are lovely Oz , wish I had those in my yard to protect, would be a good excuse to batter Alfie Bawahhwhhahwa xxoxxxx

    Mollie and Alfie

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  7. Those are lovely little birds, wesa also has them in ours yard each and everys year. We voted for you also yesterday.
    stella rose

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  8. You are an excellent watch dog for those beautiful little birds

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  9. Oh how pretty! I think Chewy mangled a fledgling this week. We have a pair which hangs out here every year and the Aussies never give them the time of day, but Chewy is a mighty hunter. Poor little things.
    www.dogtreatweb.com

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  10. I love the call of the mourning dove!

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  11. We have them too. I wish you'd do a review on dove diapers.

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  12. WE voted fur you yesterday...
    OMD you are SO right ..... Nature is a WONDERFUL thingy... we love these Fledglings...

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  13. They are so cute! Those fledgling feathers look so soft!

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  14. They are so cute. My mom love doves :-) I think Vaks loves to eat them LOL

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  15. AnonymousJuly 09, 2014

    I've voted too! Good luck for the small doves, may they be happy mourning doves once :o)

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  16. Nature is wonderful for sure!
    Great photos!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

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  17. AnonymousJuly 09, 2014

    Very cool! Very nice of you to give them their space and be patient until they can fly! I volunteer at a wildlife rehab centre, and we get lots of calls from people who would want the birds moved in this kind of situation. :/

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  18. They look cute. So nice of you to look after them.

    Purrs xx
    Athena and Marie

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  19. How neat! We have a mama birdie who has taken residence up in our roof rafters too and she seems to have built a nest.

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  20. AnonymousJuly 09, 2014

    That's awesome! How fun to be able to watch them mature and fly away.

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  21. So pretty and they are soo close!

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  22. We love the birds that come back each year. We have a pair of doves too but we have never seen any babies. When the killdeer used to come every year we had little baby killdeers running around, it was so cool!
    hugs
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Greta

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  23. Well, I am glad the birds appreciate your protection Oz! Ours attack me! Love Dolly

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  24. Oh, they're so cute! I love the call of mourning doves. Good job protecting them, Oz!
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

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  25. I know you will make sure they are okay Oz!

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  26. They picked the right house to hang out at. Around here they wouldn't have a chance with cats, dogs, and Mom doesn't like birds nesting around our deck because they make a big mess. They are pretty to look at, though.

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  27. Congratulations on your new birdies! They are handsome. I love their calls.

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  28. We have baby birds, squirrels, chipmunks and now a groundhog all hanging out in our yard. I have to walk outside ahead of time to scare them all away before I take the dogs out. And even then, I have to keep them leashed for the first 5 minutes or so, until the yard is cleared. I wish the young critters would hurry up and learn to be more cautious.

    --Wags and purrs from Life with Dogs and Cats

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  29. We have lots of baby birds in our yard too. Our pawrents love to watch them and don't let us chase them.

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  30. You said Oz nature is so cool. Thanks for sharing.

    Aroo to you,
    Sully

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  31. Very cool! We had a nest of some little song birds under our eaves just last week. It was so fun to listen to them chirp "Me! Me! Me! Me! Me!" every time Momma would come home with a snack. Every time we'd hear that, we'd say, "Mommas' home!" They were up so high I didn't get a very good picture of them, but they sure were cute!

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  32. Lovely photographs of a pair of nesting doves, thanks for sharing. What's your secret for capturing birds by camera?

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  33. Lovely! We have a pair of mourning doves that nest outside of our window each year, too. Nature is the coolest!

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  34. What a brave protector you are Oz!

    Smileys!
    Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

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  35. About 87 years ago when I still lived with my parents, they had a bird's nest on our porch and near our front door. I'm not sure why the bird thought that was a good spot, since we were coming in and out all of the time, but that's where she built it! The mama bird laid a few eggs, but she didn't stick around long. I guess us coming and going all the time upset her and she left before the eggs ever hatched. I don't think they ever actually did hatch after that, and eventually my dad took the nest down and disposed of it.

    I'm glad your birds are sticking around!

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  36. Cool pictures. I think you would also have to protect them from brown dawgs. :)

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