Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Dove do over.

Our Mourning Dove is back and she has a couple new little chicks. That surprises me. After her last disaster, I figured she would never come back to this place -- even the nest was gone and she had to start over. But she's back. Here she lets on of the little ones take a look around. She had just traded places with the male who I guess was baby sitting and started feeding them. I had to look it up to figure what was going on. They feed their young with "crop milk" from a sac in their esophagus -- they regurgitate it into the chicks mouth.

--steve buser

5 comments:

Abraham Lincoln said...

This should be an experience watching them make progress, and grow and eventually leave the nest. Nice photo of mom and baby, Steve.

Professor said...

This is so nice!

photowannabe said...

Great shot of Mom and baby. I love how its peeking out at you. Hope the young ones make it all the way to maturity.

Halcyon said...

Yay! I'm glad they're back. Let's hope things go a bit better this time.

Carl said...

My mother-in-law lives in Biloxi and she has two doves nesting in the eaves of her house. One in the front and one in the back. Both have at least two chicks as far as we can tell. The one in the front has been there ever since Hurricane Katrina.